He currently works as epidemiologist at the Health and Social Observatory of Brussels (a department of the Joint Community Commission of Brussels-Capital ), after having been a researcher at the University of Liege, Occupational and Health Education service and the Antwerp’s Institute of Tropical Medicine.
Déogratias Mazina has always been interested in public health problems which he started to study in Rwanda before arriving in Belgium in 1993. After his degree in this area at the University of Liege, he decided to refine his studies by taking the direction of research and adding a specialisation in epidemiological and statistics applied methods (DEA) at the Free University of Brussels (ULB).
‘The problems of AIDS have for a long time been my privileged field of action,’ points out the epidemiologist. He has thus worked in Rwanda for the British NGO ‘Action Aid’ as a HIV and gender project officer and carried out consultancy work for the Ministry of Health in 1999-2000. He has also worked as a researcher at the Observatory of Aids and Sexualities at the Facultés Universitaires Saint Louis at Brussels in 2001-2002, and he has also been a member of Médecins Sans Frontières –Belgium in Chad in 2003. Despite his current work, which has taken him to other fields, he is keen to keep an eye on AIDS. ‘I am currently carrying out consultancy work for the Rwandan Ministry of Health, in order to develop the Protocol for Integrating Family Planning Activities in all HIV/AIDS services. In addition I am also a lecture at the Burundian National Institute of Public Health,’ he says. Beyond this specific skill, his career demonstrates that he has been able to add other strings to his bow.
His work in Liege University, within the team in charge of studying chronic low back pain for the KCE (Belgian Health Care Knowledge Center) has led him to become fascinated by the occupational health in general, and particularly the musculo-skeletal problems. The contacts with Dr Philippe Mairiaux this opened up led him to join the University of Liège in 2005. Through his current position at the Health and Social Observatory at Brussels-Capital, he thus contributed to developing the Brussels Population’s Health Report (Rapport sur l’état de Santé des Bruxellois), and to the evaluation reports on the organized program of breast cancer screening in the same region (2008 and 2012).
In addition to his professional life, Déogratias Mazina is also a passionate of poetry, where regularly collaborate with the Arthur Haulot International Poetry House in Brussels.