The 2019 Conference in Global Health

2-3 April, 2019 | Bergen, Norway

PhD candidate working on global health?

Expand your network and become a member of the Norwegian Research School of Global Health.

Competence building for impact – time for revolution

Date: 2-3 April, 2019
: Hotel Scandic Bergen City, Håkonsgaten 2-7

Scandic Bergen City

The registration fee will not be refunded if you withdraw from the conference after March 1, 2019.

Deadline for registration: March 17

Abstract submission - deadline February 1, 2019

You can use the following format for your poster:
A0 (841 x 1189 mm), in portrait format.

Target group: We invite scientists, clinicians and students who work with global health issues here in Norway. This includes students and clinicians from other countries who are temporarily located in Norway.

The aim of the conference is to create a scientific and clinical arena for discussion of global health issues. We will improve the standards of this type of work and improve co-operation and networking between persons and institutions who are engaged in these topics.

Although health outcomes have improved in low and middle-income countries (LMIC) the past decades, there is still a need for optimization of health care in these populations. This conference will shed light on how to improve and maintain good health in populations in LMIC, and how we all can contribute. Maybe it is time for a revolution; to co-operate and work differently? This will be a main topic in the discussions at this conference, with presenters both from LMIC and other countries.


Programme (changes may occur)

Programme Conference 2019 (PDF version)

Kick-off Monday 1/4 1900
Skjult: Ny krigsmaskin
Bokbad med Hans Husum og Jon Øyvind Odland, professor ved NTNU.

Tuesday 2/4:

Plenary all day
0830-0930 Registration with coffee/tea – posters up

0930- 0940 Welcome by Nina Langeland

Keynote: Competence building in South

Chairs: Nina Langeland & Bente E. Moen

0940-1000 A novel program at Master’s and PhD level for nurses and midwives, in Malawi. Zambia and Zimbabwe. Alfred Maluwa, Research Dir.

1000-1020 Capacity building as an ongoing process - the role of selection, programmes, financial support and mentorship. Professor Johanne Sundby, Department of Community Medicine and Global Health, University of Oslo

1020-1040 Discussion
1040-1100 Break

Topic 1 Surgery and traumatology

Chairs: Øystein Krüger & Elisabeth Darj

1100-1115 Head and spine injuries in Ethiopia: Causes, epidemiology and treatment outcomes. Professor Morten Lund-Johansen, UiB
1115-1130 Capa Care – access to surgical service Sierra Leone. PhD-candidate Alex van Duinen, NTNU
1130-1145 Too good to be true? Mirror therapy for phantom pain in Cambodian land mine victims. Professor e. Hans Husum, University of Tromsø
1145-1200 Discussion

1200-1300 Lunch

Topic II Mental health

Chairs: Ingunn M. S. Engebretsen & Melf-Jakob Kühl

1300-1315 Collaboration in higher education in mental health between Norway and Nepal. Associate professor Suraj Thapa, University of Oslo
1315-1330 Addressing cognition across cultures and competencies: How to strengthen mental health research capacities in research-collaborations. Examples from studies on child health and development in Nepal. Researcher Ingrid Kvestad, NORCE Norwegian Research Centre AS
1330-1345 Clinical capacity strengthening through Coursing in Mental Health for Health Workers in selected Norwegian - African collaborations. Psychiatrist Torbjørg Johanne Jensen, Sørlandet sykehus
1345-1400 Discussion
1400-1500 Poster session with coffee

Topic III Antibiotic multi-resistant microorganisms

Chairs: Geir Tollåli & Øystein Evjen-Olsen

1500-1515 Alma Ata, Dar es Salaam, Washington: The World Health Organization, The World Bank and Tuberculosis Control 1980-1995. Professor Christoph Gradmann, University of Oslo
1515-1545 Antibiotic Resistance Management and institutional governance in a rural hospital in Tanzania – a joint collaborative research project. Iren Löhr, MD and Lars Kåre Kleppe, MD, Stavanger University Hospital

1545-1600 Discussion

1600-1615 Break

General Assembly

1615-1730 General Assembly for Norwegian Forum for Global Health Research, including election of new board

1930 Dinner – Fløien folkerestaurant– register for dinner when you register for the conference

Wednesday 3/4:
Plenary Keynote

Chair: Bjarne Robberstad & Linn Knudsen

0900-0940 Competence building for impact – time for revolution. Associate professor Margaret Kruk, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

0940-1000 Panel discussion with Ole F. Norheim, UiB, Austen Davies, Norad and Margaret Kruk,Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

1000-1015 Break

Parallel sessions

Parallel Ia Film: Infotainment: Adolescent & sexual health

Chairs: Johanne Sundby & Karen Marie Moland

1015-1020 Introduction to the project and the film
1020-1045 Film title: "Exploring methods of engagement in research on youth sexual and reproductive health". Associate professor Thera Mjaaland, University of Bergen
1045-1100 Discussion

Parallel Ib Disability in Global Health

Chairs: Anne Hatløy & Gunilla Kulla

1015-1030 Disability and vulnerability in India Professor Mariann Hedlund, Nord University, Levanger
1030-1045 Innovative solutions in disability, health and education in Tanzania:
-Securing good vision in school, Gunvor Birkeland Wilhemsen, Ass professor, HVL
-"I hear": A new hearing service for school-children, Tone Øderud, Senior researcher, SINTEF
1045-1055 Disability, rehabilitation and assistive technology: potential and challenges in a Tanzanian context. Ass professor Graziella Van den Bergh, University of Bergen
1055-1100 Discussion
1100-1115 Break

Parallel IIa The first day of a child’s life

Chairs: Halvor Sommerfelt & Tehmina Mustafa

1115-1125 The first day of a child’s life, professor Thorkild Tylleskär, University of Bergen
1125-1135 Neonatal resuscitation management and capacity building – a Safer Births programme component in Tanzania (in collaboration with Lærdal Global Health) Dr. Hege Ersdal, University of Stavanger
1135-1145 Midwives performing neonatal resuscitation in Uganda: their capability, opportunity and motivation. PhD-candidate Susanna Myrnerts Höök, University of Bergen
1145-1200 Discussion

Parallel IIb Oral presentations

Chairs: Frode Forland & Catherine Schwinger

1115-1125 Oral presentation I - ”These deaths are too political”: Reporting of maternal deaths in the Maternal Death Surveillance and Response (MDSR) system. Andrea Melberg, University of Bergen

1125-1135 Oral presentation II - Nurse students’ experiences with simulation-based education as a pedagogic method in low-resource settings; a mixed method study. Ingrid Tjoflåt and Bodil Bø Våga, University of Stavanger

1135-1145 Oral presentation III - Global Mental Health, the new number one burden of disease. Suraj Thapa, University of Oslo

1145-1155 Oral presentation IV - Primary care readiness for digital interventions in the public health system in rural Bangladesh. Ingrid Friberg, NIPH

1200-1300 Lunch


Chairs: Jon Øyvind Odland & Ottar Mæstad

1300-1310 News from Research Council of Norway. Karine Kalsås, Adviser, RCN.
1310-1320 News from Norad. Ingvar Th. Evjen-Olsen, Policy director, Norad
1320-1330 Poster award


Chairs: Jon Øyvind Odland & Ottar Mæstad

1330-1400 Implementation science to study real-world solutions. Professor Justine Davies, Birmingham University
1400-1420 Discussion
1420-1430 Closing – Way forward
1430 End

We hope you will enjoy the program and the scientific discussions, and that the knowledge gained and discussed during these days in Bergen will be of importance in our common aim: to improve health in the world. It is also our hope that new and good relationships will be established between the participants. Co-operation is important, not only for the research and clinical work itself, but also for the removal of borders between persons and nations.

To engage the audience, participants will be seated at round tables. Each table will form a discussion group, and the presented topics will be discussed both at the tables and in the plenum.


The organising committee

Professor Jon Øyvind Odland, NTNU
Senior researcher Anne Hatløy, FAFO
Associate professor Gunilla Kulla, Nord University
Associate professor Katerini Storeng, University of Oslo
Project leader Øystein Evjen Olsen, Stavanger University Hospital
Adviser Turid Austin Wæhler, UiT - The Arctic University
Post Doc Catherine Schwinger, CISMAC, University of Bergen
Professor Bente E. Moen, University of Bergen
Adviser Ingvild Hope, University of Bergen
Senior executive officer Gunhild Koldal, University of Bergen

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