School of Social and Political Science

Eva Vernooij

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Research Fellow

Eva Vernooij
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Chrystal Macmillan Building

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15a George Square

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Eva Vernooij is a medical anthropologist with an interest in the relationship between science, politics and practice in global health. Her PhD research at the University of Amsterdam focused on the production and translation of knowledge and care practices in an implementation science research project about HIV treatment as prevention in Swaziland. She is a Research Fellow (2018-2021) on the European Research Council-funded project 'Investigating the Design and Use of Diagnostic Devices in Global Health’ (DiaDev, PI Dr Alice Street) and carries out ethnographic research about the use of diagnostic devices in health systems strengthening in Sierra Leone.

Peer-reviewed publications

2021. Vernooij, E., Koker, F., and A. Street. Responsibility, repair and care in Sierra Leone's health system. Social Science and Medicine.  

2021. Bah, F., Vernooij, E. and A. Street. Patient pathways and diagnostic value in Sierra Leone. Medicine Anthropology Theory.

2021. Vernooij, E. Infrastructural Instability, Value and Laboratory Work in a Public Hospital in Sierra Leone. Medicine Anthropology Theory. 

2020. Ansumana, R., ... Vernooij, E. & I. Wurie. Building diagnostic systems in Sierra Leone: The role of point-of-care devices in laboratory strengthening. African Journal of Laboratory Medicine.

2019. Mlambo, C.K., Vernooij, E. et al. Experiences from a community advisory board in the implementation of early access to ART for All in Eswatini: a qualitative study. BMC Medical Ethics.

2019. Molemans, M., Vernooij, E. et al. Changes in disclosure, adherence and healthcare interactions after the introduction of immediate ART initiation: an analysis of patient experiences in Swaziland. Tropical Medicine & International Health.

2018. Pell, C., Reis, R., Dlamini, N., Moyer, E. & E. Vernooij. ‘Then her neighbour will not know her status’: how health providers advocate antiretroviral therapy under universal test and treat. International Health

2018. Shabalala, F. Vernooij, E. et al. Understanding reasons for discontinued antiretroviral treatment among clients in test and treat: a qualitative study in Swaziland. Journal of the International AIDS Society, 21(S4):e2512.

2018. Pell, C., Vernooij, E. et al. False starts in ‘test and start’: a qualitative study of reasons for delayed antiretroviral therapy in Swaziland. International Health, 10(2): 78–83.

2017. ‘Vernooij, E. Navigating multipositionality in ‘insider’ ethnography. Medicine, Anthropology Theory, 4(2): 34-49.

2016. Vernooij, E., Mehlo, M., Hardon., A & R. Reis. Access for All: Contextualizing HIV treatment as prevention in Swaziland. AIDS Care, 28(S3): 7-13.

2016. Camlin, C. Seeley, J. Viljoen L, Vernooij, E et al. Strengthening universal HIV ‘test-and-treat’ approaches with social science research. AIDS, 30(6): 969-970.

2013. Vernooij, E. & Hardon, A. ‘What mother would not want to save her baby?’ HIV testing and counselling practices in a rural Ugandan antenatal clinic. Culture, Health and Sexuality, 15(4): S553–S566.

2013. Hardon, A., Gomez, G. G., Vernooij, E. et al. Do support groups members disclose less to their partners? The dynamics of HIV disclosure in four African countries. BMC Public Health, 13: 589.

2012. Hardon, A., Vernooij, E., Bongololo-Mbera, G. et al. Women’s views on consent, counseling and confidentiality in PMTCT: a mixed-methods study in four African countries. BMC Public Health, 12: 26.

Blogs, working papers, book reviews

2020. Vernooij, E., Kelly, A., Rogers, J., Gbetuwa, M. & A. Street. Laboratory strengthening in public health emergencies: perspectives from Sierra Leone. Working paper:…   

2020. Kelly, A. Street, A. & E. Vernooij. Preparing Africa for Covid-19: Learning lessons from the Ebola outbreak. Blogpost on King's College London website and University from Edinburgh blog Covid 19 Perspectives:

2020. Vernooij, E & D. Warmerdam. Weten of je een corona-infectie hebt draagt bij aan het indammen van het virus (The social value of testing). Trouw.

2019. Vernooij, E. Ebola Afterlives. Somatosphere.

2018. Vernooij, E. Book review: ‘Mistreated. The Political Consequences of the Fight Against AIDS in Lesotho’ (by N. Kenworthy). Medical Anthropology Quarterly.

2013. Vernooij, E. Book review: ‘Revolutionary Medicine: Health and the Body in post-Soviet Cuba’ (by P. Brotherton). Medische Antropologie,24(2).

Research interests

Research interests

HIV and AIDS, Medical Anthropology, Biomedical knowledge(s), practices and technologies, health care systems, policy and interventions, diagnostics, hospital ethnography, sub-Saharan Africa

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