Jamiu Busari is a consultant Paediatrician at the Horacio Oduber Hospital, Aruba (HOH), and joined the department of pediatrics at HOH on the 1st of January 2020. Before that, he was the former Department Chair and Program Director of Pediatrics at Zuyderland Medical Center, Netherlands. His area of focus is general and adolescent pediatrics with special interests in psychosomatic disorders, eating disorders, and obesity.
Jamiu is a Maastricht University alumnus, a Harvard Macy Scholar, and an HBS executive education graduate in Managing Health Care Delivery. He is an associate professor of medical education at Maastricht University and the Dean of Health professions education at the HOH Academy.
Amy van der Linden (MSc)
Many factors in the Aruban environment make it challenging for children to lead a healthy lifestyle. JUMP18 is important to me because it recognizes the complex nature and consequences of childhood obesity. We need to shift our focus from treatment to prevention so that healthcare can remain affordable. Therefore, enabling children to live a healthy life is essential for their future and ours.
Samantha Schwengle (MSc)
Research, Nutrition and Social Media
I want to help children in Aruba to learn about having a healthy relationship with nutrition and physical activity. This is something I struggled with as a child. Furthermore, I notice that a lot of the non communicable diseases in Aruba, for example diabetes and CVD, are preventable and we need to do something about it.
Alexandra Mendoza (BSc)
Physical Activity and Social Media
I have always wanted to help my island become healthier and live a more active life. Therefore it is important to teach our children how to do this, and this is exactly what “Jump 18” is all about. Teaching the younger generation how to be more active, healthier and reduce the risks of diseases.
Paola Tello (MSc)
Research, Nutrition and Epidemiology
Since childhood, I continuously saw the increase of fast-food restaurants on our beautiful island. Till today, inhabitants of Aruba are constantly exposed to highly processed foods, which make them vulnerable to poor nutritional choices and susceptible to cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer. Therefore, by promoting healthy dietary patterns and the importance of physical activity through JUMP18, I want to achieve healthier lifestyles for children and their parents.
Monique Bagheri (BSc)
Pediatic Physical Therapist (in training)
I was born and raised in Aruba and very proud to be Aruba’s first Pediatric Physical Therapist. Helping children grow, learn and expand their motor skills and abilities is my passion. I chose to be a part of this wonderful team because of the amazing initiative to help children lose weight while having fun and learning about a healthy lifestyle. My goal is to help Aruban kids be happy AND healthy
Pediatric Outpatient Clinic
Sandira Bislip (Bsc)
Noëmí Haddocks (Bsc)
Nichole Kock (Bsc)
Denisse Arends (Msc)
Lyanne Maduro (Bsc)
Fleur de Groot (Msc)
Danique Lande (Bsc)
Casemanager & Group coordinator
Godelinde Lauffer (Bsc)
Casemanager & Children’s yoga instructor
Dr Jamiu.O. Busari (MD, MHPE, PhD, CCPE)
Project leader and Senior researcher
Paola Tello (MSc)
Research, Database and Epidemiology
Samantha Schwengle (MSc)
Database, Research and Nutrition
Gerani Cheuk A Lam, (MSc)
Researcher and PhD candidate, JUMP18
I am a passionate, problem-solving and creative PhD researcher at the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences in Maastricht (NUTRIM/MUMC+). Improving the health of vulnerable groups, especially that of young children, through evidence-based research and experiments is my passion and purpose in life! That’s why, in addition to the comprehensive (intramural) JUMP 18 program, I shall be conducting (extramural) research on school food environments in Aruba. My research project aims to help create healthy school food environments that will contribute to the prevention of childhood obesity in Aruba. Together with the Jump 18 team we hope to make a lasting and sustainable change in the lifestyles of Aruban children.
Charlene Leslie (BSc)
Anna Celia Proveyer
Eva Pols (BSC)
Social Worker (in training)