Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care
Defence: Will be streamed online

Phyllis Awor - Innovation to improve quality of health care for children in Uganda

Phyllis Awor defends on 9th of February her PhD thesis on drug shops in integrated community case management in Uganda. The doctoral defense will be streamed online and is open for everyone who are interested.

Phyllis Awor

This thesis, with the full title "Drug shops in integrated community case management of malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea in Uganda. Appropriateness of care and adherence to treatment guidelines”, innovatively introduced point-of-care diagnostics and appropriate fever treatment within rural drug shops. Over 50% of sick children first receive care in these drug shops in Uganda and other low-income countries. With this intervention, quality of health care for children with malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea – the main child killer diseases – improved exponentially.

Phyllis Awor is a medical doctor and a public health specialist with 10 years of experience in operational research and health program management. She currently works at Makerere University School of Public Health in Uganda as a lecturer and researcher, investigating strategies for improving quality of care for rural children. Her medical degree is from Makerere University and her Masters degree and PhD training are from the University of Bergen. 

The defence can be viewed online through this link (from 09:15): 
- This is an open link, and no password is needed. 

Candidate from Centre for International Health
Main supervisor: Professor Thorkild Tylleskär
Co-supervisor: Professor Stefan Swartling Peterson

1. opponent: Professor David Schellenberg, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom
2. opponent: Director PhD Ottar Mæstad, Chr. Michelsen Institute 
3. member of the Committee: PhD Lone Holst, University of Bergen

The defense will be led by PhD Ingunn Marie S. Engebretsen.

PhD press release (in Norwegian) here.