The 2019 Conference in Global Health

2-3 April, 2019 | Bergen, Norway

Registration - 2019 conference

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Competence building for impact – time for revolution

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

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

Abstract submission - deadline February 1, 2019

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)

Tuesday 2/4:

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

0930- 0940         Welcome

Key notes           Competence building in South
0940-1000          -A novel program at Master’s and PhD level for nurses and midwifes, 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
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          Treatment of victims after mine injuries in Cambodia. Professor e. Hans Husum, University of Tromsø
1145-1200          Discussion

1200-1300          Lunch

Topic II              Mental health
Chair: Ingunn Engebretsen
1300-1315          Collaboration in higher education in mental health between Norway and Nepal.Associate professor Suraj Thapa, University of Oslo

1330-1345          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: Topic: What do Norwegian collaborators have to learn in cross-cultural mental health strengthening? What are expressed needs in mental health from partner institutions?
1400-1500          Poster session with coffee

Topic III             Antibiotic multiresistant microorganisms
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
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

1000-1015          Break

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

Parallel IIa Disability

1015-1030          Disability and vulnerability in IndiaProfessor Mariann Hedlund, Nord University, Bodø

1030-1040          Innovative solutions in disability, health and education. Associate professor Anne Hatløy, University of Bergen/FAFO
1040-1055          Disability 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                                   

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          Neonatal resuscitation management and capacity building – a SAFER births programme component in Tanzania (in collaboration with Lærdal Global Health) Dr. Jørgen Linde, Stavanger University Hospital
1145-1200          Discussion     

Parallel IIb   Oral presentations

1115-1125          Oral presentation I
1125-1135          Oral presentation II
1135-1145          Oral presentation III                                                        
1145-1155          Oral presentation IV

1200-1300 Lunch

1300-1310            News from Research Council of Norway
1310-1320            News from Norad
1320-1330            Poster award
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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