Norwegian Global Health Conference 2018

The 2018 Norwegian Global Health Conference will take place at the University of Oslo, 10-11 April.

Full conference programme


Keynote speakers

Richard Horton is editor-in-chief of The Lancet, which he joined in 1990. He is honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University College London, and the University of Oslo. He has a longstanding interest in global health, and has co-chaired the independent Expert Review Group on Women’s and Children’s Health, reporting to the UN Secretary-General, and was member of the External Reference Group for WHO’s Research Strategy.

Göran Tomson is Senior Professor of International Health Systems Research at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, Senior Advisor and Co-Founder of Swedish Institute for Global Health Transformation (SIGHT), as well as Visiting Professor at Shandong University, China. His extensive research and policy work focuses on universal health coverage. Recent appointments include chairing the WHO Scientific Advisory Committee’s Alliance for Health Policy Systems Research and the Board of the GLOBVAC programme of the Norwegian Research Council. In 2017 he co-founded SIGHT, the Swedish Institute for Global Health Transformation.



Day 1

Networking, registration, coffee                                                                       
Time: 08:30-09:00 – Place: Gamle Festsal

Time: 09:00-09:10 – Place: Gamle Festsal

  • Camilla Stoltenberg, Director-General, Norwegian Institute of Public Health
  • Frode Vartdal, Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo

Keynote address: Göran Tomson - "The 2030 Agendas SDGs - researching health for all"

Time: 09:10-09:40 - Place: Gamle Festsal

  • Göran Tomson, Senior Professor, Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics, Karolinske Institutet, and Senior Advisor and Co-Founder, Swedish Institute of Global Health Transformation (SIGHT)

Symposium 1: Global health funders and priority setting for universal health coverage (view abstract)
Time: 09:40-11:00 – Place: Gamle Festsal
Unni Gopinathan (chair), Trygve Ottersen, Monique Vledder, Michael Borowitz, Kalipso Chalkidou, Ingvar Theo Olsen, Ole Frithjov Norheim 

Symposium 2: Digitalization of health information systems–old challenges, new opportunities (view abstract)
Time: 11:30-12:45 – Place: Gamle Festsal
Speakers: Johan Sæbø (chair), Sundeep Sahay, Olav Poppe, Mike Frost

Symposium 3A: Neglected Tropical Disease: Is it possible to eliminate? Successes and challenges (view abstract)
Time: 13:15-14:20 – Place: Gamle Festsal
Speakers: Andrea Sylvia Winkler (chair), Frank Olav Pettersen, Eyrun Kjetland, Lucy J. Robertson, Wendy Harrison

Symposium 3B: eRegistries: Digital health solutions for universal health coverage in reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (view abstract)
Time: 13:15-14:20 – Place: Professorboligen
Speakers: Frederik Frøen, (chair), Mahima Venkateswaran, Fatema Khatun, Binyam Bogale, Ingrid Friberg, Michael James Frost    

Symposium 4A: Abortion and post abortion care: Politics, religion, public health, health care and legal systems (view abstract)
Time: 14:50-16:00 – Place: Gamle Festsal
Speakers: Berit Austveg, (co-chair), Elisabeth Darj (co-chair), Maria Lisa Odland, Emily McLean, Maren Kloster, Drabo Seydou

Symposium 4B:  Digital Health as enabler for Digital Literacy and Digital Inclusion (view abstract)
Time: 14:50-16:00 – Place: Professorboligen
Speakers: Josef Noll (chair), Sara Rivenes Lafontan, Haitham el Noush, Christine Holst, Erwan Le Quentrec

Symposium 5: Diverting discrimination in a digital era: Opportunities and risks of information and communication technologies (ICT) to improve healthcare access among highly stigmatized and criminalised populations affected by HIV (view abstract)
Time: 16:15-17:30 – Place: Gamle Festsal
Speakers: Marija Pantelic (chair), Tina Luo, Claudia Nizigiyimana, Béatrice Léuwe, David Clark

Updates from the GLOBVAC programme - Research Council of Norway
Time: 17:30-17:35 - Place: Gamle Festsal

Round up of first day: Nils Daulaire
Time: 17:35-17:50 – Place: Gamle Festsal
Speaker: Nils Daulaire, Former Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Visiting Professor, University of Tromsø

Time: 18:00-20:00 -- Place: Professorboligen

Day 2

Morning address: Mariam Claeson
Time: 08:45-08:55 - Place: Gamle Festsal

  • Mariam Claeson, Director, The Global Financing Facility

Symposium 6A: Maternal and Newborn Health—Reaching out to the underserved with quality services at an added cost (view abstract)
Time: 09:05-10:25 – Place: Gamle Festsal
Speakers: Johanne Sundby (chair), Andrea Solnes Miltenburg, Ingvil Sørbye, Cynthia Wangamati, Naomi Tschirhart  

Symposium 6B: Exploring the potential of a One Health approach in the areas of neglected and emerging diseases, and antimicrobial resistance (view abstract)
Time: 09:05-10:25 – Place: Professorboligen
Speakers: Christoph Gardmann (chair), Andrea Sylvia Winkler, Osama Hassan Ahmed, Ernst Kristian Rodland

Symposium 7A: Supporting informed decisions about healthcare and health systems (view abstract)
Time: 10:50-12:20 – Place: Gamle Festsal
Speakers: Andy Oxman (chair), Sarah Rosenbaum, Atle Fretheim, Signe Flottorp, Simon Lewin

Symposium 7B: Improving adolescents' sexual and reproductive health: What works? (view abstract)
Time: 10:50-12:20 – Place: Professorboligen
Speakers: Ingvild Sandøy (chair), Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli, Vincent Somville

Keynote address: Richard Horton
Time: 12:30-13:00 – Place: Gamle Festsal

  • Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet, and Honorary Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University College London, and University of Oslo.

General Assembly for Norwegian Forum for Global Health Research
Time: 13:30-14:30 – Place: Professorboligen

2018 PhD Conference in Global Health
The PhD conference is organized by the Norwegian Research School in Global Health abd takes place immediately after the main conference. Read more at the conference webside: link.  
Dates: April 11-13. Place: Sørmarka Conference Hotel

Read more about the conference venue: link.

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