About us / Our story
Health[e]Foundation was founded in 2003 by Prof. Dr. Fransje van der Waals and is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It was established with the conviction that accurate and state-of-the-art information is essential for healthcare workers worldwide. Health[e]Foundation has taken up the challenge to provide all healthcare workers with access to this crucial information, particularly in parts of the world that are most deprived of resources.
Health[e]Foundation started out with one course: HIV[e]Education, offered as a blended learning program. Over the years, it has grown to become a comprehensive organization: offering educational programs about various topics and in various forms; and has broadened its scope from only educating healthcare workers to educating the community as well.
There are critical shortages of healthcare workers in most areas where Health[e]Foundation works. We therefore use innovative technologies, such as distance on- and offline learning and m-health, to facilitate learning, without the need to leave clinics unattended. Participants can study at their own pace and in their own time, even in the most remote areas.
Health[e]Foundation’s vision is a world in which everyone is treated equally, and poverty is eradicated. Global development requires a healthy population. We believe that a good healthcare system and access to health information is essential to achieve sound and sustainable socioeconomic growth.
We strive to educate and inform healthcare workers and communities about disease prevention, treatment and care in order to strengthen healthcare systems and communities globally. We educate healthcare workers who care for vulnerable populations to ensure quality treatment for everyone in need. In addition, Health[e]Foundation educates and informs community members about disease prevention, healthy living, life skills and sexual reproductive health to promote self-management of individuals. We support local infrastructure and promote the concept that good healthcare is a condition for social and economic growth.
Meet the team
The organizational culture within Health[e]Foundation is an open and positively driven atmosphere with a serious commitment to improving healthcare, especially in resource-limited settings. Read more »
We highly appreciate the help from renowned experts from all over the world. They ensure Health[e]Foundation’s courses are always up to date and cover the latest insights in healthcare. Read more »
Health[e]Foundation collaborates with many partner organizations inside and outside the Netherlands. Read more »