The 2019 Conference

2-3 April, 2019 | Bergen, Norway

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Deadline February 1, 2019

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Competence building for impact – time for revolution

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

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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 temporary 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.

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.

Preliminary programme

Competence building and higher education in Sub Saharan Africa

Dr. Alfred Maluwa, Research Director, Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST)
Associate Professor Margaret E. Kruk, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston

Surgery and traumatology

Competence building in neurosurgery in Ethiopia; surgery in Sierra Leone; and Mine project in Cambodia
Professor e Hans Husum, Professor Håkon Bolkan, NTNU, and Professor Morten Lund-Johansen, Haukeland University Hospital

Mental Health

Mental Health capacity building in developing countries
Dr. Torbjørg Jensen, Sørlandet sykehus, Professor Ingunn Engebretsen, University of Bergen

Multi-resistant microorganism

Antibiotic Resistance Management and institutional governance in a rural hospital in Tanzania – a joint collaborative research project. 
Dr. Iren Lõhr, Stavanger University Hospital

The First Day In a Child's life

Neonatal resuscitation management and capacity building – a SAFER births programme component in Tanzania
Simulation training as modality for improved clinical management – research on capacity building strategies in a developing country context
Dr./PhD Jørgen Linde, Stavanger University Hospital, Dr. Hege Ersdal, Stavanger University, Professor Thorkild Tylleskär, University of Bergen


Disability in India
Professor Marianne Hedlund, Nord University, Bodø

Innovations to scale?
Associate Professor Anne Hatløy, University of Bergen/FAFO
Associate Professor Graziella van Den Bergh, HVL


Capacity building for pandemic preparedness
Associate Professor Katerini Storeng, Centre for Development and Environment, University of Oslo


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
Senior scientist Inger B Scheel, FHI
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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