- year old Belgian veterinary surgeon with over 25 years of professional experience in animal health and production related to institutional development and strengthening in developing countries.
Born on 21.09.1965 in Leopoldville (Kinshasa) Congo, Belgian nationality . Permanent resident of the Republic of South Africa.
Available for new assignments from January 2023 onwards
Portrait (c) N. Bastiaensen (2018)
Long-believed to be a truly “African” disease, occasionally affecting the African neighbourhood in southern Europe (Spain, Portugal, Italy) and -in the seventies- a decade-long incursion into a number of Caribbean islands (and Brasil), ASF embarked on an unprecedented invasion of the (rest of the) world around 2006, with a first introduction reported well outside its usual geographical range in the Caucasus, in Georgia in 2007.
Developing private veterinary practices on a continent where most countries are low- to middle-income, with limited purchasing power (disposable income) and shifting attitudes to pet ownership is a challenge, especially outside of the very large and urbanised centres that host significant expatriate communities.