Health Policy Advisor, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders
Dr. Mit Philips is a medical doctor with a Masters degree in Public Health in developing countries from the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 1993 and a diploma in Tropical Medicine in 1985 in Antwerp.
She works in the MSF headquarters in Brussels since 1999, first as Director of Operations, and now as head of of the Health Access Team, Advocacy and Analysis Unit.
Her main focus of work at MSF concerns HIV/AIDS, financial barriers to health care and health financing, the crisis in human resources for health, health care in fragile states and health systems policies.
In 2010-2011, she worked also as part of the team of the Health Policy and Planning Unit at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium. Her work focused on global health policies, on health in fragile states and mixed emergency-development contexts.
Before being based in Europe, Mit Philips worked and lived abroad during 15 years in Africa (Chad, Angola, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, DRC) and South East Asia (Cambodia) for Médecins Sans Frontières.
The UN's Sustainable Development Goals, which will be rolled out in 2016 over the following 15 years worldwide -- at least on paper -- do include one health goal and a number of targets. However with so many other priorities (climate change, peace and security, water, and many more), something has to give. Recent trends and postulating by key international donors indicate a push back to the paradigm of the 1980s, when the major concern about health was associated with "how much it cost" and not the cost of suffering to people...