Winny Koster

Winny Koster

  • Associate Fellow

Dr. Winny Koster is a medical anthropologist with a PhD from the University of Amsterdam (2003). She has 40 years of experience in health-related programs in sub-Saharan Africa, both Francophone and Anglophone, and in South and Southeast Asia. She worked as a program coordinator, evaluator, researcher and trainer, for national ministries of health and national and international NGOs as a staff member, associate and independent consultant. She was assistant lecturer at the University of Amsterdam from 2002 to 2012, postdoc at AIGHD from 2012-2015 and senior researcher at Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) from 2016-2020. Since 1992, most of her work focuses on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), including multi-country, mixed-methods programme evaluations and quantitative and qualitative applied research. SRHR topics include maternal health; HIV and AIDS; SRHR providers including traditional birth attendants; health care systems and quality; prevention of unwanted pregnancy; induced abortion; infertility; adolescent and youth SRHR; child marriage; female genital mutilation; and gender-based violence. Her most recent research relates to medical laboratory systems in African countries.


2021  Evaluation du projet de promotion de la santé et des droits sexuels et réproductifs (PSDSR) au Bénin (with David Winters, Astrid Flénon, Frédéric Kintin). Amsterdam: AIGHD.


2021   An oral history of medical laboratory development in francophone West African countries. (with Albert Gautier Ndione, Mourfou Adama, Ibrehima Guindo, Iyane Sow, Souleymane Diallo, Jean Sakandé, Pascale Ondoa). Afr J Lab Med. 2021;10(1), a1157.


2021  Impact evaluation report on 5-years of ‘Her Choice: building child marriage free communities’. (with Esther Miedema, Albena Sotirova, Nicky Pouw, and Fousseynou Bah). Amsterdam: AISSR, Universiteit van Amsterdam.


2010  ‘Linking two opposites of pregnancy loss: Induced abortion and infertility in Yoruba society, Nigeria’ Social Science & Medicine 71(2010): 1788-1795.


2003   Secret strategies. Women and abortion in Yoruba society, Nigeria. Amsterdam: Aksant.