About Grace Marie Ku

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Languages
English
Native or Bilingual Proficiency
Interests

Interests are where experts would like to focus their attention on Collectivity and try new fields.

EDUCATION

PhD in Public Health
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
September 2009 to December 2014
Brussels, Belgium

Master in Public Health - Health Systems Management & Policy
Institute of Tropical Medicine
September 2007 to June 2008
Antwerp, Belgium

Fellow and Diplomate in Family Medicine
Philippine Academy of Family Physicians
September 1999 to September 2002
Manila, Philippines

Doctor of Medicine
University of Santo Tomas
June 1990 to March 1995
Manila, Philippines

BSc Medical Technology
University of Santo Tomas
June 1986 to April 1990
Manila, Philippines

EXPERIENCE

Senior Researcher, Public Health Department
Institute of Tropical Medicine
January 2021 to Present
Antwerp, Belgium
Conducts health systems and health policy research Manages research projects Prepares research proposals/protocols Prepares research reports / strategy papers / policy briefs Writes manuscripts for scientific publication Peer reviews manuscripts for various scientific journals Teaches in the masters (public health) and in short courses Administers examinations to masters / shourt course students Coaches students' theses and written outputs/analyses

Guest lecturer
University Medical Centre, Utrecht
July 2021 to Present
Utrecht, Netherlands
Gives lectures on health systems approach to prevention and control of non-communicable diseases to masters students.

Guest lecturer
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
October 2014 to Present
Brussels, Belgium
Gives lectures on health systems and organization of health services to masters students. Administers examinations.

Guest Lecturer
Universite Catholique de Louvain
September 2018 to Present
Brussels, Belgium
Gives lectures on medical ethics and on rational decision-making in resource constrained settings to students of the Masters course in Humanitarian Surgery, organized by the Universite Catholique de Louvain and Medecins Sans Frontieres.

Executive Officer, Ethics Review Board
Medecins Sans Frontieres
October 2015 to January 2021
Brussels, Belgium
Responsible for leading the ethics reviews in close collaboration with the ERB chair and vice chair. Maintained the ERB database and administer the MSF & ERB document repository systems. Provided input on content matters and administrative support to the ERB chair / vice chair. Prepared reports, SOPs and other documents. Gave lectures and presentations on research ethics and medical ethics.

Selection Committee Member
VLIRUOS
June 2018 to December 2019
Brussels, Belgium
Assessed research proposals submitted to VLIRUOS for funding. Participated in deliberations in the selection of research proposals for grants. Attended Theory of Change workshops.

Clinical Associate Professor
College of Medicine, University of the Philippines
June 2014 to December 2015
Manila, Philippines
Taught / gave lectures to masters in clinical epidemiology students and faculty members (as part of continuing professional development) on research methods, evidence-based medicine, policy development, etc. Participated in research projects (e.g., National TB Prevalence Survey). Coached master students' theses.

Deputy Director
National Institutes of Health
June 2014 to October 2015
Manila, Philippines
At the Institute of Health Policy and Development Studies: Asssisted the Director in administering functions of the Institute. Prepared and guided junior researchers in research proposal/protocol writing. Conducted own research and guided junior researchers in the implementation of research projects. Gave lectures around the Philippines on health policy and development - related topics.

Chief, Quality Assurance Unit
Veterans Memorial Medical Center
February 2009 to May 2013
Quezon City, Philippines
In a 766-bed hospital offering all levels of care: Oversaw implementation of quality management systems, Responsible for certification by international (e.g., ISO) and national accreditation bodies (Philippine Health Insurance Corp; Philippine Department of Health). Led in conducting continuous quality improvement, monitoring and evaluation. Analysed inputs and proposed solutions to improve care quality (efficiency, accessibility, timeliness, safety, effectiveness, continuity, patient-centredness, equity). Gave lectures and conducted training workshops in quality management systems, quality assurance in health care, continuous quality improvement, clinical pathways development, clinical guidelines and algorithms, etc.

PUBLICATIONS

Addressing chronic respiratory diseases and determinants through multisectoral actions
Authors: , 2021
Type of Doc: Article | Type of Publication: Blog/Web Site

Strategic Responses to CRD in Africa CHRONIC RESPIRATORY DISEASES (CRD) IN AFRICA Identifying social determinants and formulating appropriate, strategic responses
Authors: Valeria Campos Da Silveira, Guy Kegels, 2021
Type of Doc: Research Paper | Type of Publication: Other

ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS OF RESEARCH INVOLVING CHILDREN IN HUMANITARIAN SETTINGS: EXPERIENCES OF MÉDECINS SANS FRONTIÈRES OPERATIONAL CENTRE BARCELONA (MSF OCBA)
Authors: Jean-François Saint-Saveur, 2019
Type of Doc: Other | Type of Publication: Other

Process evaluation of a mobile health intervention for people with diabetes in low income countries – the implementation of the TEXT4DSM study
Authors: , 2017
Type of Doc: Scientific Article | Type of Publication: Scientific Journal

Qualitative and mixed methods research and humanitarian research ethics: Lessons learned from the MSF experience
Authors: John Pringle, Raffaella Ravinetto, Doris Schopper, 2017
Type of Doc: Other | Type of Publication: Other

Community engagement in humanitarian research ethics: lessons learned from the MSF Ethics Review Board
Authors: John Pringle, Raffaella Ravinnetto, 2017
Type of Doc: Other | Type of Publication: Other

Cost-effectiveness analysis of dengue vaccination in the Philippines
Authors: , 2016
Type of Doc: Other | Type of Publication: Scientific Journal

The effect of text message support on diabetes self-management in developing countries – A randomised trial
Authors: , 2016
Type of Doc: Scientific Article | Type of Publication: Scientific Journal

Improving access to medicines in the Philippines: a cross-sectional mixed-methods analysis of factors affecting access and patronization of private generics outlets
Authors: , 2016
Type of Doc: Research Paper | Type of Publication: Blog/Web Site

Content, participants and outcomes of three diabetes care programmes in three low and middle income countries
Authors: , 2015
Type of Doc: Scientifc Paper | Type of Publication: Scientific Journal

Knowledge, attitudes and perceptions of people with type 2 diabetes as related to self-management practices: Results of a cross-sectional study conducted in Luzon, Philippines
Authors: Guy Kegels, 2015
Type of Doc: Scientifc Paper | Type of Publication: Scientific Journal

Adapting chronic care models for diabetes care delivery in low-and-middle-income countries: A review
Authors: Guy Kegels, 2015
Type of Doc: Scientific Article | Type of Publication: Scientific Journal

Implementing elements of a context-adapted chronic care model to improve first-line diabetes care: effects on assessment of chronic illness care and glycaemic control among people with diabetes enrolled to the First-Line Diabetes Care (FiLDCare) Project in the Northern Philippines
Authors: Guy Kegels, 2015
Type of Doc: Scientific Article | Type of Publication: Scientific Journal

Institutionalization of Patient Engagement and Consultation within the Structures and Systems of the Philippine Department of Health
Authors: , 2015
Type of Doc: Research Paper | Type of Publication: Blog/Web Site

Integrating chronic care with primary care activities: enriching healthcare staff knowledge and skills and improving glycemic control of a cohort of people with diabetes through the First Line Diabetes Care Project in the Philippines
Authors: , 2014
Type of Doc: Scientific Article | Type of Publication: Scientific Journal

A cross-sectional study of the differences in diabetes knowledge, attitudes, perceptions and self-care practices as related to assessment of chronic illness care among people with diabetes consulting in a family physician-led hospital-based first line health service and local government health unit-
Authors: Guy Kegels, 2014
Type of Doc: Scientific Article | Type of Publication: Scientific Journal

Effects of the First Line Diabetes Care (FiLDCare) self-management education and support project on knowledge, attitudes, perceptions, self-management practices and glycaemic control: a quasi-experimental study conducted in the Northern Philippines
Authors: Guy Kegels, 2014
Type of Doc: Scientific Article | Type of Publication: Scientific Journal

Motivating better diabetes self-care with SMS text-messaging
Authors: , 2014
Type of Doc: Article | Type of Publication: Magazine

The effectiveness of text messages support for diabetes self-management: protocol of the TEXT4DSM study in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cambodia and the Philippines
Authors: , 2013
Type of Doc: Scientifc Paper | Type of Publication: Scientific Journal

The performance of the finnish diabetes risk score,amodified finnish diabetes risk score and a simplified finnish diabetes riskscorein community-basedcross-sectional screening of undiagnosed type 2 diabetes in the Philippines
Authors: Guy Kegels, 2013
Type of Doc: Scientific Article | Type of Publication: Scientific Journal

To cure sometimes, to relieve often, to comfort always
Authors: , 2012
Type of Doc: Other | Type of Publication: Blog/Web Site

Is the sun setting on NCDs?
Authors: , 2011
Type of Doc: Other | Type of Publication: Blog/Web Site

Saying it as it is
Authors: , 2011
Type of Doc: Other | Type of Publication: Scientific Journal

Life-course approach in the control and prevention of noncommunicable diseases.
Authors: , 2011
Type of Doc: Other | Type of Publication: Scientific Journal

Primary health care strengthening and chronic disease care
Authors: Josefien Van Olmen, Slim Slama, 2011
Type of Doc: Other | Type of Publication: Scientific Journal

Priority actions for the non-communicable disease crisis
Authors: Josefien Van Olmen, Slim Slama, 2011
Type of Doc: Other | Type of Publication: Scientific Journal

Partnerships in health markets need regulation
Authors: Josefien Van Olmen, Seye Abimbola, 2011
Type of Doc: Other | Type of Publication: Scientific Journal

The growing caseload of chronic life-long conditions calls for a move towards full self-management in low-income countries.
Authors: , 2011
Type of Doc: Scientific Article | Type of Publication: Scientific Journal

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