Dr Gilles de Wildt

Dr Gilles de Wildt

Birmingham Medical School
Associate Clinical Professor

Contact details

90 Vincent Drive
Institute of Clinical Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Gilles de Wildt is a GP and Global Health Academic. From 2011 to 2022, he led the Intercalated BMedSc programme “Global Health” for medical students after their 3th  or 4th year.

Most students on this over-subscribed course carried out original field research overseas or in the UK, answering questions in the host settings and helping to inform the development of better health care and health promotion responses.

After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree, many students publish their work as first authors in open access journals. Apart from directly feeding back their findings to the hosts, this is an excellent way of sharing research with host communities and wider academia - with the quality stamp of approval of peer review.

The course is largely based on the concept of “Students as partners in learning and teaching” as embraced by the UK Higher Education Academy (https://www.advance-he.ac.uk/knowledge-hub/engagement-through-partnership-students-partners-learning-and-teaching-higher). Alumnae and alumni continue to teach and facilitate in undergraduate and postgraduate education.

Currently, Gilles works on innovative, participant-led learning with regard  to exploring and remediating unconscious bias and discrimination, as well as decolonizing global health; and on anchoring other aspects of global, migrant and planetary health in undergraduate medical curriculums.


  • MRCGP, MSc (Community Health in Developing Countries, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), Doctor for International Health and Tropical Medicine, Netherlands, Artsexamen (Groningen, Netherlands)


Gilles is a Birmingham GP and GP appraiser, with a particular interest in health and health care inequalities as well as global, migrant and mental health. He was a long serving member of  the Health Inequalities Standing Group of the RCGP and is a current member of the Adoption and Impact Reference Panel of the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE).

He graduated as a medical doctor in the Netherlands where he trained in the programme for hospital and community health care in remote and under-resourced areas in low and middle income countries. This prepared him to work in patient-facing care and public health in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Botswana, including in circumstances of violent conflict. Before, as a student and junior doctor, he worked part-time in freelance Dutch language journalism on West and Southern African and US politics, higher education and development.  Gilles was a trustee of WEMOS, a global health policy and advocacy NGO; The Johannes Wier Foundation for Health and Human Rights and of Medact.  He has represented Dutch and British non-governmental organisations at trade and health-related meetings of UN organisations and other international events.

Before moving to England, he qualified and worked as a clinical public health specialist and epidemiologist for The Hague City Health (GGD Den Haag) in the Netherlands. Further academic interests include global aspects of commercialisation of health care, including use of NHS and other health care data; Access to medicines, pharmaceutical R&D and other health technologies, intellectual property rights and global justice;  global mental health and quality assurance in health care and other organisations.

Gilles is married to a GP and they have 3 children.


Other activities

  • External Examiner, Ulster University MSc in advanced general medical practice
  • "Speak Up Champion"  - MDS Speak Up for the College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham   
  • Governor, Birmingham Women’s and Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Selected Publications

  • Grut M, de Wildt G, Clarke J, Greenfield S, Russell A. Primary Health Care during the COVID-19 pandemic: a qualitative exploration of the challenges and changes in practice experienced by GPs and GP trainees. PlosOne  February 9, 2023 https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0280733
  • Darkwa S,  de Wildt G, Dalaba M, Vidzro E ,Ansah EK.  “I would have to sell things in order to get the money”: A qualitative exploration of willingness to pay for the RTS,S/AS01 malaria vaccine in the Volta region, Ghana. PlosOne June 8, 2022  https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0268009
  • Russell A, de Wildt G, Grut M, Greenfield S, Clarke J. What can general practice learn from primary care nurses’ and healthcare assistants’ experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic? A qualitative study. BMJ Open 2022;12:e055955. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2021-055955
  • Lai JF, Clarke J, de Wildt G, Meza G, Addo MA, Gardiner E, Khanna D. Healthcare professionals’ perceptions of childhood obesity in Iquitos, Peru: a qualitative study. BMC Health Services Research 22, 175 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-022-07519-z
  • Frencken H, Khanna, D, de Wildt G. The Teaching – Research nexus in medical education. Interdisciplinary approaches to Medicine. DOI: https://doi.org/10.26577/IAM.2021.v2.i2.02
  • Gardiner E, Lai JF, Khanna D, Meza Sanchez GR, de Wildt G, Taylor B. Exploring women’s decisions of where to give birth in the Peruvian Amazon; Why do women continue to give birth at home? A qualitative study. PLoS One. 2021; 16(9): e0257135. Published online 2021 Sep 10. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0257135
  • Tsang K, Mwiringa U, de Wildt G, Mtuy T. Implementing Trachoma Control Programmes in Marginalised Populations in Tanzania: A Qualitative Study Exploring the Experiences and Perspectives of Key Stakeholders. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. Published: September 10, 2021, https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0009727
  • Clavé Llavall A, de Wildt G, Meza G, Tattsbridge J, Jones L. Nurses’ and teachers’ perceived barriers and facilitators to the uptake of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination program in Iquitos, Peru: a qualitative study. PLosone, July 29, 2021. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.025521
  • Mohamud A, Qureshi, Z, de Wildt, G, Jones, L.  Exploring Perceptions of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Abandonment in Kenyan Health-Care Professionals: A Grounded Theory Study. Mohamud, A., De Wildt, G.Jones, L. & Qureshi, Z. Qualitative Health Research 1–14 2021 DOI: 10.1177/1049732321101596
  • Anthoney J, de Wildt G, Meza G, Newell I, Skelton J. "Patients’ perspectives on factors facilitating adherence to tuberculosis treatment in Iquitos, Peru: A qualitative study". BMC Health Services Research volume 21, Article number: 345 (2021) 
  • Shyam-Sundar V, de Wildt G, Virmond MCL, Kyte D, Galan N, Prado RBR, Chauhan A. A Qualitative Study Exploring the Perceived Impact of Race on Leprosy-Affected Persons' Experiences of Diagnosis and Treatment of Leprosy in Southeast Brazil. Indian Journal of Leprosy 2021, 93 : 1-13 http://www.ijl.org.in/2021/1-shyam%20sunder%20et%20al%20(1-13).pdf
  • Khanna D, de Wildt G, Miranda de Souza Duarte Filho LA, Fernandes de Araújo Fonseca AM, Bajaj M, Lai JYF, Lindenmeyer A, Sammarco Rosa P. Improving treatment outcome for leprosy in Pernambuco, Brazil: A qualitative study exploring the experiences and perceptions for retreatment patients and their carers. BMC Infectious Diseases 2021 21:282. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12879-021-05980-5
  • Morgan C, de Wildt G, Prado R, Thanikachalam N, Virmond M, Riley R. Views and Experiences of Adults who are Overweight and Obese on the Barriers and Facilitators to Weight Loss in Southeast Brazil: A Qualitative Study. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Health & Well-being. 15:1, DOI: 10.1080/17482631.2020.1852705 
  • Tattsbridge, J, Wiskin, C, de Wildt G, Clavé Llavall  A, Ramal-Asayag C.  HIV understanding, experiences and perceptions of HIV-positive men who have sex with men in Amazonian Peru: a qualitative study. BMC Public Health 20, 728 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-020-08745-y
  • Wynne S, de Wildt G, Meza G, Duarte R, Merriel A. The timing and quality of antenatal care received by women attending a primary care centre in Iquitos, Peru: a facility exit survey. PLoSOne, March 5, 2020 https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0229852.
  • Mc Nally TW, de Wildt G, Meza G, Wiskin CMD. Improving outcomes for multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis in the Peruvian Amazon. A qualitative study exploring the experiences and perceptions of patients and healthcare professionals. BMC Health Serv Res. 2019 Aug 22;19(1):594. doi: 10.1186/s12913-019-4429-y
  • Iyer M, Skelton J, de Wildt G, Meza G. A qualitative study on the use of long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) for the prevention of malaria in the Peruvian Amazon. Malar J (2019) 18:301.  https://doi.org/10.1186/s12936-019-2937-1
  • Marsland H, Meza G, de Wildt G, Jones LA. qualitative exploration of women’s experiences of antenatal and intrapartum care: The need for a woman-centred approach in the Peruvian Amazon. PlosOne: Jan 7, 2019. 
  • Newell I, Wiskin C, Anthoney J, Meza G, de Wildt G. Preventing malaria in the Peruvian Amazon: a qualitative study in Iquitos, Peru. Malaria Journal. 2018;17:31. Published online 2018 Jan 16. doi:10.1186/s12936-018-2177-9
  • Chauhan A, de Wildt G, Virmond MDCL, Kyte D, Galan NGA, Prado RBR, Shyam-Sundar V. Perceptions and experiences regarding the impact of race on the quality of healthcare in Southeast Brazil: a qualitative study. Ethn Health. 2018 Jan 24:1-17. doi: 10.1080/13557858.2018.1431206.
  • Cox M, Rose L, Kalua K, de Wildt G, Bailey R, Hatt J. The prevalence and risk factors for acute respiratory infections in children aged 0-59 months in rural Malawi: A cross-sectional study. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses. 30 September 2017. DOI: 10.1111/irv.12481      
  • Frank A L, Beales ER, de Wildt G, Meza Sanchez G, Jones LL. "We need people to collaborate together against this disease": A qualitative exploration of perceptions of dengue fever control in caregivers' of children under 5 years, in the Peruvian Amazon." PLOS NTD  September 5, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0005755
  • Frew G, Mc George E, Grant S, de Wildt G. Hepatitis B: A cross-sectional survey of knowledge, attitudes and practices amongst backpackers in Thailand. Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease, 2016: 15; 57 -62. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tmaid.2016.11.008
  • Sillo S, C. Lomax C, de Wildt G, Da Silva Fonseca M, de Almeida Galan NG, Billion Ruiz Prado R. A temporal and sociocultural exploration of the stigma experiences of leprosy patients in Brazil. Lepr Rev (2016) 87, 378–395
  • Henry M, Galan N, Teasdale K, Trado R, Amar H, Rays MS, Roberts L, Siquera P, de Wildt G, Virmond M, Das PK,  Factors Contributing to the Delay in Diagnosis and Continued Transmission of Leprosy in Brazil – An Explorative, Quantitative, Questionnaire Based Study. Plos Neglected Tropical Diseases. March 15, 2016 http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0004542
  • Lewis CT, de Wildt G. Sexual behaviour of backpackers who visit Koh Tao and Koh Phangan, Thailand: a cross-sectional study. Sex Transm Infect sextrans-2015-052301. Published Online First: 6 June 2016 doi:10.1136/sextrans-2015-052301
  • Goldring M, Wildt G, Lindenmeyer A, Falcono E, Das PK. The Help Seeking Behaviours of Patients with Ulcerative Skin Lesions before Consultation in Yurimaguas, Peru. J Anc Dis Prev Rem 3:127. doi:10.4172/2329-8731.1000127
  • Vaughan E,  Frances S, Chima A, Fizan Abdullah F, Mehes M, Lee B, Dordono D, Sitch A, de Wildt G, Kamara TB, Sampson JB,. The training of surgical and anesthesia staff in government hospitals in Sierra Leone: A descriptive study. JAMA surgery  2015 Mar 1;150(3):237-44. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2014.2246
  • de Wildt G, Gill P.  The future of general practice: Challenges and opportunities. Book chapter: in: Working with vulnerable groups. RCGP; 2014
  • Cronin T, Sheppard J, de Wildt G. Health-seeking behaviour for schistosomiasis: a systematic review of qualitative and quantitative  literature. Pan African Medical Journal. DOI:10.11604/pamj.2013.16.130.3078
  • Chan CK, de Wildt G. Developing Countries, Donor Leverage, and Access to Bird Flu Vaccines. United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs  Working Paper No. 41, Washington DC, UNDESA; June 2008 
  • de Wildt G, Gill P, Chudley S, Heath I. Racism and general practice—time to grasp the nettle. Br J Gen Pract 2003 Mar; 53 (488):180-182  
  • de Wildt G, Rowson M, Stoffers M, Koivusalo M. Which comes first - health or wealth? Lancet. 2001 Apr 7;357(9262):1123-4. DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(00)04267-7
  • de Wildt G, Chandramohan D, van der Meer J International health aid and professional independence: the need for quality standards and self-regulation. Health Policy and Planning 2000 Jun;15(2):235-6

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