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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).
BCEPS Director Ole Frithjof Norheim contributes to a paper in Science Magazine proposing an ethical framework for global COVID-19 vaccine allocation.
The PhD project of PhD Candidate, Fatemeh Chalabianloo, aims to address knowledge gaps in today’s methadone maintenance treatment. Her work will evaluate several different potentially influencing factors and will contribute to informing better clinical outcomes in the future.
On the 10th of August, UiB formally took over ownership of Alrek, Årstadveien 17, from the builder. Department Leader, Guri Rørtveit represented IGS and was given a key to the new facilities. Already 19th August, Rørtveit was able to assemble IGS for the first full Department meeting.
CIH’s Master in Global Health started 13 August. CIH staff worked hard to ensure that all new students received a welcome despite any COVID-19 complications.
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.
Theogene Habumugisha is one of the first UiB Global Challenges PhD Candidates. While Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Goal 2, Zero Hunger, focuses entirely on hunger and global food and agriculture systems, many SDGs include a nutritional aspect. Habumugisha's project will use cross-Faculty approaches and a responsible research and innovation framework to address a theme within nutrition.
PhD Candidate Jasmin Shrestha is undertaking a PhD studying the rotavirus disease burden, and the distribution of rotavirus genotypes in children participating in a community-based cohort study in Bhaktapur, Nepal. She also aims to describe any changing patterns of rotavirus genotypes over time, to provide information for increasing vaccine efficacy.
PhD Candidate Anneli Eriksson successfully defended her work on 9 June 2020. Her PhD was a collaboration between Centre for International Health, Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, UiB and Centre for Research on Health Care in Disasters (KcKM) at KI.
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.
An aspect of achieving SDG3 is exchanging knowledge and experience from different health systems. To this end, in Sri Lanka, medical doctors specialized in medical administration and seeking Medical Administration Board certification must complete at least 1 year of study under the supervision of a specialist in another country. Dr Asela Perera spent his year studying with Bente E. Moen at CIH in... Read more
Research Schools are meant to be dynamic meeting places. For the first time, students attending Bergen Summer Research School (BSRS) 2020 had to manage this digitally. The feedback thus far indicates the experience has gone well.
Magalie El Hajj, a Master student in Global Health, recently published a paper with her supervisor, Lone Holst. CIH congratulates them both!
The COVID-19 outbreak of 2020 forced Bergen Research Summer School (BSRS) to transform from a physical to a virtual gathering of international students.
Ane Johannessen is the project leader for Life-GAP, a research project that begins in July 2020. This week Johannessen led an administrative kick-off meeting at CIH.
Five publications were nominated for the Department’s annual award.
UiB’s COVID-19 Lockdown meant that the Department’s Annual gathering was held virtually via ZOOM rather than face-to-face. Despite this – or maybe because of this – there were up to 100 people attending!

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