Latin AmericaPeter Poetsma
Born in Amsterdam in 1954. He initially trained as a car mechanic/electrician and then graduated from the National Diploma Course in Prosthetics and Orthotics in 1979. From 1979 to 1982 he worked for the Dutch Ministry for Development Cooperation in the National Rehabilitation Centre in Guinea-Bissau. After joining the ICRC in 1982, he headed the organization's physical rehabilitation programmes in Ethiopia, Myanmar, Mozambique, Vietnam and Cambodia. In 1994 he graduated from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow with an MSc degree in prosthetics and orthotics.
Peter Poetsma became head of the SFD's regional office for Latin America in 2007 in Managua, Nicaragua, where he is currently posted.
AsiaMiguel Mateus Fernandes
Born in France in 1962 of Portuguese nationality, graduated in Prosthetics and Orthotics (P&O) from the Lisbon’s Technical School for Health Services in 1984. From 1985 to 1987, he worked at the P&O services of the Physical Rehabilitation Centre of Alcoitão, near Lisbon, and collaborated with the physical therapist school of this same institution as resource teacher for P&O subjects. He joined the ICRC end of 1987 and worked as P&O in Angola, Mozambique (headed a P&O training program) and Cambodia. From 1994 to 2005, he headed ICRC Physical Rehabilitation Programs in Azerbaijan, Georgia (including a P&O training program), Myanmar and Angola. Mid 2007, he obtained a License degree in P&O from the ESTESL (health technology faculty of the Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon).
Miguel Mateus Fernandes became head of the SFD's regional office for Asia in 2007 in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, where he is currently posted.
Born in Mortsel, Belgium, in 1961. Jozef Nagels is a Belgian RIZIV Certified Prosthetist Orthotist and graduated in 1985 in orthopaedics and business management at the Institute Superieur de Formation Artisanale et Commerciale (INFAC). Until 1989, he practiced clinical orthotics and prosthetics at the leading orthopedic center in Belgium, Cebelor. He also concluded his Master in Public Health at the University of Liverpool (2012). Jozef Nagels joined the ICRC in 1989, Kabul, Afghanistan, 1989 – 1991. Mission Cambodia, ICRC, 1991 – 1995, including a survey in the Caucasus region. He remained in Cambodia and worked for the USAID supported INGO Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation as Regional Director of Rehabilitation for Asia, Cambodia/Vietnam, 1995 – 2003, that included a survey in Angola (1996). Returning to the ICRC with missions in Ethiopia as training coordinator and head of project (March 19, 2003 – June 2007) and Pakistan as head of project (June 2007 – June 2012). During his career, Jozef had strong involvement in many ISPO recognized P&O Schools.
Jozef Nagels became head of the SFD's regional office for Africa in July 2012 in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, where he is currently posted.
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