Desiree J. Hooi

Desiree J. Hooi was born in Willemstad, Curaçao. After obtaining her degree as a Registered Nurse at the Instituto pa Formashon den Enfermeria (IFE) on Curaçao in the year 2000, she worked as a RN for a few years and in 2005, she moved to Costa Rica to study medicine at the University of Medical Sciences (UCIMED). In 2011, she obtained her medical degree and moved back to Curaçao where she worked for 2 years as a clinician. January 2013, Hooi started a PhD study to conclude the best strategies to minimize cervical incidence on Curaçao. On October 25th, 2018, Hooi obtained from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), her PhD in Medical Sciences.


Between 2013-2015, Desiree gathered data for the population study on HPV and cervical cancer on Curaçao. She moved to the Netherlands in 2016 to analyze and to describe the findings of the research. This was done at the Pathology Department of Cancer Center Amsterdam (CCA), which is a research division of the Academic Hospital of Amsterdam UMC.

In 2018, she defended the outcome of her research, which are described in her dissertation entitled: HPV and cervical cancer on Curaçao, towards implementation of an integrated prevention program. In order to find the best strategies for cervical cancer prevention on Curaçao, she gained knowledge about the psychological, social and anthropological role in a population’s health and in the healthcare sector. She also gained knowledge on Global Health, Global Health Governance and Human Rights.


Desiree Hooi pleads for good registration of medical epidemiological data, making medical decisions based on the needs of all specific groups; and equal medical care for everyone.

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