Beatrijs Vuylsteke
  • Nationalestraat 155

    2000 Antwerp


  • Nationalestraat

    2000 Antwerpen


1993 …2023

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Bea Vuylsteke was trained as a physician at the University of Leuven, Belgium, where she received her M.D. in 1984. After her studies, she worked for Médecins sans Frontières in Mali, Chad, Mozambique and Ethiopia.

In 1992, she joined the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, where she worked as advisor on Sexually Transmitted Infections in developing countries, including Tanzania, Rwanda, Brasil and South Africa.

From 1999 to 2010 she was based in Côte d’Ivoire, providing technical assistance and leadership for the design and evaluation of HIV prevention programs among sex workers.

She is back at ITM since July 2010.



  • Evaluation of the quality, coverage and impact of HIV prevention interventions, including among high risk populations
  • Operations research on situation analysis and design of HIV prevention interventions among high risk populations
  • Epidemiology of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, with focus on highly vulnerable populations
  • Validation of diagnostic algorithms for sexually transmitted infections in resource poor settings


Field projects


  • HIV Prevention among Female Sex Workers in Côte d’Ivoire and Kenya (frame work agreement 3.02)
  • Operations Research on preventive behaviour, STI and HIV among Men who have Sex with Men in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (CDC PEPFAR)
  • Support to the prevention strategy as part of the National Stratigic Plan on AIDS in Côte d’Ivoire (World Bank)




  • Epidemiology of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)
  • STI Control strategies and case management
  • STI and HIV prevention among sex workers
  • Quality assurance for sex worker programs
  • Evaluation of sex worker programs: coverage, outcome and impact


Other assignments


  • 2011-2012: member of WHO's Strategic and Technical Advisory Committee for HIV-AIDS (STAC-HIV)
  • 2010-2011: member of the Guidelines Development Working Group for the Prevention and Treatment of HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections for Sex Workers and their Clients in Low and Middle-income Countries: WHO/UNAIDS
  • 2004: Member of the Technical Reference Group for preparing the Toolkit for Targeted HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care in Sex Work Settings. WHO.

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