Joost Hopman, head of the Division Infection Disease Prevention of Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, has been elected International Ambassador 2016 by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA).
Each year, 18 ambassadors from all over the globe are elected to jointly work on issues related to the prevention of the spreading of micro-organisms (bacteria, viruses, fungi) that may create infections within healthcare settings.
This is the first time a Dutch health professional has been elected SHEA ambassador. During the week of May 16-20, 2016, the group of ambassadors is given a special program in the United States including a program at the Center for Disease Prevention and Control in Atlanta.
Mr. Hopman has experience in this area in both high and in low resource settings. Mr. Hopman was elected because of his work at Radboud University Medical Center, his position as senior lecturer at The Stellenbosch University in South Africa, and his work for WHO during the Ebola response as well as his role for Doctors without Borders.