WDF bids farewell to Ib Bygbjerg
The World Diabetes Foundation said goodbye to long-time Board member Prof. Ib Bygbjerg.
"Ib's everlasting determination to bridge communicable and non-communicable diseases is not only innovative thinking, but something that has made a real and lasting impact for patients in need".
in front of District Hospital Sona Bata, Bas-Congo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
served in the hospital from 1975-77, and revisited it during a WDF trip in 2009.
At its final Board of Directors meeting of 2014, the World Diabetes Foundation said goodbye to long-time Board member Prof. Ib Bygbjerg.
Ib Bygbjerg joined the WDF Board at its creation, in 2002.
He received his MD from the University of Copenhagen in 1972, and a MD Sci.
Degree in 1988.
He is currently a Professor at the Copenhagen School of Global Health at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
As a specialist in tropical medicine and infectious diseases, Professor Bygbjerg has shared his expertise with organisations like the World Health Organization, the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Danish Ministry of Defence.
He has been a member of the Danish International Development Assistance's (DANIDA) Research Council and of numerous professional bodies, including the World Federation for Medical Education, and the International Board of the Danish Red Cross.
has published more than 250 papers, and supervised more than 50 Ph.D. students and 100 Masters students, mostly from developing countries.
has travelled extensively within the developing world, spending significant lengths of time in India, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
farewell remarks to the Board, Ib