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Lana Meiqari has joined Athena Institute, VU Amsterdam in September 2014 as a PhD student in the Erasmus Mundus Trans Global Health Programme. She received her medical degree (MD) from Damascus University, Syria (2007), and obtained a master of science in public health (MSPH) with emphasis on epidemiology from Emory University, USA (2012). She has previously worked with several international and local non-governmental organizations to support the humanitarian relief efforts in the Middle East focusing on primary health care, reproductive health, early warning surveillance, and coordination. During this professional work, the impact of non-communicable disease on patients in refugee settings and in low- and middle-income countries rose as an important issue that deserves further highlight and understanding.

Her current PhD research project aims to analyse the coordination and continuity of care for patients with chronic non-communicable diseases at primary health care level in rural and urban contexts in Vietnam, in order to explore approaches to strengthen person-cantered care and integrated health services. The research is being conducted in collaboration with Medical Committee Netherlands Vietnam (MCNV), Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy, and Thai Nguyen University of Medicine and Pharmacy.

As an Erasmus Mundus Fellow at the Trans Global Health Programme, her PhD research project is supervised by two institutions: a host institution which is Athena Institute of VU Amsterdam, and a partner institution which is Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp.