Connie Erkens

Senior Consultant TB Control, focus area The Netherlands & Elimination

Connie Erkens joined KNCV in 2003. She has a broad experience as TB control physician and as Epidemiologist within the Municipal Public Health Services (MPHS) in The Netherlands. Previously she worked 8 years as a general physician in rural hospitals in Zambia and Malawi.

At KNCV she is a Project Leader for KNCV, support to the Dutch national TB program and Executive Secretary of the Committee for Practical TB control (CPT). Her specific tasks include guideline development in specific areas. In addition, Connie is project leader for the project leader of the ZonMW research project TB Endpoint on behalf of a research consortium of MPHSs, EMC, UvA, RIVM and GGD GHOR Netherlands. The 4-year project focusses on the optimal implementation of latent tuberculosis infection screening among new immigrants and asylum seekers in the Netherlands.

Her fields of expertise are: Tuberculosis monitoring and evaluation, TB surveillance and epidemiology, TB control policy development, Operational research, Childhood TB, Contact investigation and management of latent TB (LTBI).

KNCV has been fighting TB since its establishment in 1903. Over the past 117 years, the organization has acquired indispensable knowledge and experience in the field of effective TB control, resulting in pre-elimination in the Netherlands and significant contributions to global evidence generation, policy development and TB program implementation worldwide.

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