About Willem van de Put

Willem van de Put is cultural/medical anthropologist and philosopher by training. He worked in international public health since 1989, first with Médecins sans Frontières Holland, where he introduced medical anthropology and mental health programming, later as the founder of TPO Cambodia (1993-1998) and general director of HealthNet TPO (1998-2016). Together with Lynne Jones and the support of the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) at Fordham University, he started the Mental Health in Complex Emergencies course in 2004. Currently, he is a research fellow with the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, and is affiliated as research fellow with Fordham University, with a focus on emergency programming and health systems development in fragile states. Willem has also co-founded ‘C4C’, a foundation working on ‘Culture for Change’, applying experience in action - Other relevant experience includes documentary films, lecturing, publishing in peer-reviewed journals. Current Role: •Researcher, Institute for Tropical Medicine, University of Antwerp, Belgium •Research Fellow at the International Institute for Humanitarian Affairs, Fordham University, New York, USA •Co-founder Culture for Change (C4C)


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Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp
September 2017 to Present
Antwerpen, Belgium

Culture for Change
October 2016 to Present
Amsterdam, Netherlands

General Director
HealthNet TPO
October 1998 to January 2017
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Director - Initiator
TPO Cambodia
January 1994 to October 1998
Phnom Penh, Cambodia


Van de Put, W. A. C. M. and Eisenbruch, M. (2002). The Cambodian experience. Trauma, war, and violence: Public mental health in socio-cultural context. New York, NY: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers; US. This book chapter ….. Eisenbruch, M., de Jong, J. T., and van de Put, W. (2004). Bringing ord
Authors: , 2018
Type of Doc: Article | Type of Publication: Magazine

Improving access to mental health care and psychosocial support within a fragile context: a case study from Afghanistan.
Authors: Ventevogel, P., van de Put, W., Faiz, H., van Mierlo, B., Siddiqi, M., & Komproe, I. H. (2012). , 2015
Type of Doc: Academic Paper | Type of Publication: Academic Journal