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Early initiation of alcohol and other harmful substance use is an important predictor for developing substance use disorders in later life. CIH and CIH-associated researchers have undertaken a study reporting on the existence of childhood alcohol abuse and dependency in Eastern Uganda.
A team of researchers from CISMAC (see side bar) have been involved in a nested, case-control study. The study is a good example of researcher curiosity in action.
The Centre for Health Research and Development at the Society for Applied Studies in New Delhi undertook a large randomized controlled trial in India together with CISMAC researchers and the Haryana government to estimate the effect of the Integrated Management of Neonatal and Childhood Illnesses strategy (IMNCI).
In Zambia, COVID-19 testing capability was established in February 2020 with US and Japanese assistance. The first two cases of COVID-19 were reported on 18 March 2020.
In India, the first COVID-19 case was reported on January 30, 2020. As of June 21, 2020, ~425 000 COVID-19 cases had been reported with 13 700 deaths across the country.
CISMAC has prepared its Annual Report for 2019. Highlighting the year’s activity at the Centre for Research Excellence, the report also begins to consider future directions for the Centre, after the end of the 10-year funding period.
Halvor Sommerfelt and Cecilie Svanes have been awarded the Faculty of Medicine’s Publication and Communications Prizes, respectively, for 2019.
PhD Candidate Hanne Keyser Hegdahl’s work studies factors contributing to young women’s sexual and reproductive health behaviour, attitudes, beliefs and risks in a sub-Saharan African setting.
Overnight March 12-13, UiB became a digital university. This meant everything, even the pinnacle of university study – PhD Defences – went online. The transformation is working - thanks to the concerted efforts of many.
It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of Dr Maharaj K. Bhan, member of CISMAC Executive Committee and a close friend. Dr Bhan died in Delhi on 26 January. He was 72 years old and leaves behind his wife, two children and a large group of researchers and health professionals whom he mentored during his generous life. - Josè Martines, Ingvild Fossgård Sandøy, Ane Straume and... Read more
Astrid Blystad reports on the completion of a 2-year project dealing with the politics of abortion in Ethiopia, Zambia and Tanzania in a featured collection in International Journal for Equity in Health.
Digital health information systems can make health indicators more accessible. Mahima Venkateswaran emphasizes the importance of understanding this type of data to assess quality in health service.
A team of CISMAC researchers has published the results of CISMAC’s first and largest randomized control trial in The Lancet.
The CISMAC supported SAFEZT project has released a special issue on reproductive health and the politics of abortion in Ethiopia, Zambia, and Tanzania.
CIH/CISMAC researcher, Joar Svanemyr has published about his work with the RISE project in Zambia. The paper is also presented in the UK edition of the Conversation.
CISMAC meeting 13-15 June, Bergen – some “take-home” messages

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