Leading Anti-Leprosy Organization Welcomes New International Staff Member
Dr. Emmy van der Grinten Joins American Leprosy Missions as Technical Consultant-Africa
The South Carolina-based organization leading the global fight to cure and care for people with leprosy and related diseases is expanding its field staff with the hiring of a technical consultant for Africa. Joining American Leprosy Missions is Dr. Emmy van der Grinten. From the Netherlands, she has lived and worked in Africa for more than 14 years.
“Emmy has valuable experience with various NGOs and international development and public health programs. Her understanding of leprosy and other Neglected Tropical Diseases make her an excellent addition to our team,” said President and CEO Bill Simmons. “She also shares our desire to transform people, families and communities affected by leprosy and related diseases in the name of Jesus.”
Van der Grinten comes to the organization having worked with the KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, the CO Foundation and Netherlands Leprosy Relief. She has coordinated in-country partners, managed projects at a national level, developed training curriculum, regularized financial reporting, executed elimination campaigns and built strong statewide teams. In Nigeria with Netherlands Leprosy Relief, she oversaw both leprosy and tuberculosis control work. Van der Grinten earned her medical degree from the University of Limburg, Maastricht in the Netherlands. She and her family will be based in Accra, Ghana.
“During an internship for medical school, I traveled to Nepal and visited a leprosy referral hospital near Kathmandu,” said van der Grinten. “Looking at the combined medical and social impacts of leprosy it struck me that this was my calling. So working for American Leprosy Missions in Ghana feels like coming home.”
About American Leprosy Missions
American Leprosy Missions, based in Greenville, South Carolina, is the oldest and largest Christian organization in the United States dedicated to curing and caring for people affected by leprosy and related diseases. It currently operates in countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas. During its more than 100-year history, American Leprosy Missions has provided holistic care to four million people around the world including medical treatment and training, Christian outreach, prevention of disability, community development and vaccine research.
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