We came to this initiative inspired by Wouter who has always emphasized the importance of the advanced trainings for the health care system of Sierra Leone.
We will try to make his work more sustainable.
As tropical doctor Wouter was first and foremost physician and trainer. On top of that he was coordinator of the CapaCare surgical advanced training TP training and in that capacity he worked together with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to add a 2-year fundational instruction of the School of Clinical Science in Makeni (SCSM) to the 3-year advanced training.
The affiliation with SCSM enables CapaCare to get its advanced training curriculum aligned with the University of Sierra Leone. Students are then graduated with a Bachelor degree and become Surgical Clinical Officer. That gives them a much better position to get access to governmental hospitals where they may operate as assistant surgeons/obstetrician and are paid proper salaries for the qualified work.
Wouter passed away on November 23, 2019 at the age of 32 due to the fatal consequences of the Lassa virus that he contracted during an operation at the Masanga hospital in Sierra Leone.
With the Scholarship Fund we take him with us into the future. It will remind us of the way he was providing care and welfare for those most in need, with understanding and compassion.