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  • E-mailAstrid.Blystad@uib.no
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  • Visitor Address
    At ISF: Kalfarveien 31 / At CIH: OVerlege Danielsens Hus, Årstadvn. 21
    Bergen
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    Postboks 7804
    5020 Bergen

Leader of the research group “Global health: ethics, economics and culture” based at the Faculty of Medicine, UoB.

Blystad is professor in medical anthropology at the University of Bergen (UoB), Norway, with particular research interest in maternal health with an empirical focus on fertility, infertility, mother to child transmission of HIV, obstetric fistula, female genital cutting, incontinence and prolapse.

Her work springs out of more than 20 years of research in East Africa. Methodologically the research is based in the ethnographic tradition, more recently in combination with other qualitative methods as well as in combination with quantitative methods in mixed methods designs.

Theoretical interests are located within socio-cultural theory, critical theory, gender theory, phenomenology and institutional ethnography. She is principle investigator of several externally funded multidisciplinary research projects.

Present teaching at the following departments/centres at UoB:
- Department of Public Health and Primary Health Care (ISF), Faculty of Medicine
- Centre for International Health (CIH), Faculty of Medicine
- Department of Education and Health (IUH), Faculty of Psychology

Present MA courses taught
- ‘Health sciences in an anthropological perspective’ (Health sciences, ISF, Spring)
- ‘Culture and health’ (Health Sciences, CIH, Autumn)
-  The theory of health and illness (Health Sciences, ISF, Fall)
- ‘Qualitative methods’ (CIH, Autumn)
- ‘Focusing the Body in the Social Sciences’ (MA in Gender and Development, Fall)

Present Doctoral courses
- Qualitative methods, Faculty of Medicine and Odontology, UoB
- The global HIV epidemic and challenges to improve prevention, support and care (CIH, Spring)
- The cultural dimension of health and illness (ISF, Spring)

Supervision:
6 PhDs and 32 MA completed (4 PhDs as co-supervisor)

8 PhD students (4 as co-supervisor) and 5 MAs under current supervision

Books
  • Gjengedal, Eva; Schiøtz, Aina; Blystad, Astrid. 2008. Helse i tid og rom. Cappelen Damm Akademisk. 172 pages. ISBN: 978-82-02-26004-0.
  • Gjengedal, Eva; Schiøtz, Aina; Blystad, Astrid. 2008. Helse i rom og tid. Cappelen Damm Akademisk. 172 pages. ISBN: 8202260043.
  • Moland, Karen Marie; Songstad, Nils Gunnar; Blystad, Astrid. 2005. Gender, generation and communication in times of AIDS: The potential of 'modern' and 'traditional' institutions. Proceedings from a workshop held in Bagamoyo, Tanzania, 23-25 November 2004. 171 pages. ISBN: 8278151210.
Journal articles
  • Blystad, Astrid; Haukanes, Haldis; Tadele, Getnet; Haaland, Marte Emilie Sandvik; Sambaiga, Richard; Zulu, Joseph M.; Moland, Karen Marie. 2019. The access paradox: abortion law, policy and practice in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Zambia. International Journal for Equity in Health. 18. doi: 10.1186/s12939-019-1024-0
  • Haaland, Marte Emilie Sandvik; Haukanes, Haldis; Zulu, Joseph M.; Moland, Karen Marie; Michelo, Charles Cheembo; Munakampe, Margarate Nzala; Blystad, Astrid. 2019. Shaping the abortion policy – competing discourses on the Zambian termination of pregnancy act. International Journal for Equity in Health. 18: 1-11. doi: 10.1186/s12939-018-0908-8
  • Sambaiga, Richard; Haukanes, Haldis; Moland, Karen Marie; Blystad, Astrid. 2019. Health, life and rights: a discourse analysis of a hybrid abortion regime in Tanzania. International Journal for Equity in Health. doi: https://equityhealthj.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12939-019-1039-6
  • Tadele, Getnet; Haukanes, Haldis; Blystad, Astrid; Moland, Karen Marie. 2019. ‘An uneasy compromise’: strategies and dilemmas in realizing a permissive abortion law in Ethiopia. International Journal for Equity in Health. doi: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12939-019-1017-z
  • Zulu, Joseph M.; Blystad, Astrid; Haaland, Marte Emilie Sandvik; Michelo, Charles; Haukanes, Haldis; Moland, Karen Marie. 2019. Why teach sexuality education in school? Teacher discretion in implementing comprehensive sexuality education in rural Zambia. International Journal for Equity in Health. doi: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12939-019-1023-1
  • Zulu, Joseph M.; Sandøy, Ingvild Fossgard; Moland, Karen Marie; Musonda, Patrick; Munsaka, Ecloss; Blystad, Astrid. 2019. The challenge of community engagement and informed consent in rural Zambia: an example from a pilot study. BMC Medical Ethics. 20: 45. doi: 10.1186/s12910-019-0382
  • Gjerde, Janne Lillelid; Rørtveit, Guri; Adefris, Mulat; Belayneh, Tadesse; Blystad, Astrid. 2018. Life after pelvic organ prolapse surgery: A qualitative study in Amhara region, Ethiopia. BMC Women's Health. 18. 8 pages. doi: 10.1186/s12905-018-0568-2
  • Gjerde, Janne Lillelid; Rørtveit, Guri; Adefris, Mulat; Mekonnen, Hibste; Belayneh, Tadesse; Blystad, Astrid. 2018. The lucky ones get cured: Health care seeking among women with pelvic organ prolapse in Amhara Region, Ethiopia. PLOS ONE. 13:e0207651: 1-17. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0207651
  • Zulu, Joseph M.; Goicolea, Isabel; Kinsman, John; Sandøy, Ingvild Fossgard; Blystad, Astrid; Mulubwa, Chama; Makasa, Mpundu; Michelo, Charles Cheembo; Musonda, Patrick; Hurtig, Anna-Karin. 2018. Community based interventions for strengthening adolescent sexual reproductive health and rights: how can they be integrated and sustained? A realist evaluation protocol from Zambia. Reproductive Health. 15. doi: 10.1186/s12978-018-0590-8
  • Blystad, Astrid; Rørtveit, Guri; Gjerde, Janne Lillelid; Muleta, Mulu; Moland, Karen Marie. 2017. Strengthening validity in studies of pelvic floor disorders through qualitative research: an example from Ethiopia. International Urogynecology Journal. Published ahead of print: 1-6. doi: 10.1007/s00192-017-3515-0
  • Medås, Kaja Mari; Blystad, Astrid; Giske, Tove. 2017. Åndelighet i psykisk helseomsorg: et sammensatt og vanskelig tema. Klinisk Sygepleje. 31: 273-286. doi: 10.18261/issn.1903-2285-2017-04-04
  • Moland, Karen Marie; Haukanes, Haldis; Tadele, Getnet; Blystad, Astrid. 2017. The paradox of access - abortion law, policy and misoprostol. Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening. 138: 1-6. Published 2017-12-23. doi: 10.4045/tidsskr.17.0809
  • Corosky, Gregory; Blystad, Astrid. 2016. Staying healthy “under the sheets”: Inuit youth experiences of access to sexual and reproductive health and rights in Arviat, Nunavut, Canada. International Journal of Circumpolar Health. 75:31812. doi: 10.3402/ijch.v75.31812
  • Gjerde, Janne Lillelid; Rørtveit, Guri; Muleta, Mulu; Adefris, Mulat; Blystad, Astrid. 2016. Living with pelvic organ prolapse: voices of women from Amhara region, Ethiopia. International Urogynecology Journal. 28: 361-366. doi: 10.1007/s00192-016-3077-6
  • Råheim, Målfrid; Magnussen, Liv Heide; Sekse, Ragnhild Johanne Tveit; Lunde, Åshild; Jacobsen, Torild; Blystad, Astrid. 2016. Researcher-researched relationship in qualitative research: Shifts in positions and researcher vulnerability. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being. 11:30996. 12 pages. doi: 10.3402/qhw.v11.30996
  • Sandøy, Ingvild Fossgard; Mudenda, Mweetwa; Zulu, Joseph; Munsaka, Ecloss; Blystad, Astrid; Makasa, Mpundu; Mæstad, Ottar; Tungodden, Bertil; Jakobs, Choolwe; Kampata, Linda Milimo; Fylkesnes, Knut; Svanemyr, Joar; Moland, Karen Marie; Banda, Richard; Musonda, Patrick. 2016. Effectiveness of a girls’ empowerment programme on early childbearing, marriage and school dropout among adolescent girls in rural Zambia: study protocol for a cluster randomized trial. Trials. 17. 15 pages. doi: 10.1186/s13063-016-1682-9
  • Våga, Bodil Bø; Moland, Karen Marie; Blystad, Astrid. 2016. Boundaries of confidentiality in nursing care for mother and child in HIV programmes. Nursing Ethics. 23: 576-586. doi: 10.1177/0969733015576358
  • Blystad, Astrid; Haukanes, Haldis; Zenebe, Mulumebet. 2014. Mediating development? Exchanges on gender policies and development practices in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Africa Today. 60: 25-45. doi: 10.1353/at.2014.0016
  • Byskov, Jens; Marchal, Bruno; Maluka, Stephen; Zulu, Joseph M.; Bukachi, Salome A.; Hurtig, Anna-Karin; Blystad, Astrid; Kamuzora, Peter; Michelo, Charles; Nyandieka, Lillian N.; Ndawi, Benedict; Bloch, Paul; Olsen, Øystein Evjen. 2014. The accountability for reasonableness approach to guide priority setting in health systems within limited resources - findings from action research at district level in Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia. Health Research Policy and Systems. 12:49. doi: 10.1186/1478-4505-12-49
  • Shayo, Elizabeth Henry; Våga, Bodil Bø; Moland, Karen Marie; Kamuzora, Peter; Blystad, Astrid. 2014. Challenges of disseminating clinical practice guidelines in a weak health system: the case of HIV and infant feeding recommendations in Tanzania. International Breastfeeding Journal. 9. 13 pages. doi: 10.1186/s13006-014-0024-3
  • Vestbøstad, Elin; Blystad, Astrid. 2014. Reflections on Female Circumcision Discourse in Hargeysa, Somaliland: Purified or Mutilated? African Journal of Reproductive Health.
  • Våga, Bodil Bø; Moland, Karen Marie; Evjen-Olsen, Bjørg; Blystad, Astrid. 2014. Reflections on informed choice in resource-poor settings: The case of infant feeding counselling in PMTCT programmes in Tanzania. Social Science and Medicine. 105: 22-29. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.01.005
  • Zulu, Joseph; Michelo, Charles Cheembo; Msoni, Carol; Hurtig, Anna-Karin; Byskov, Jens; Blystad, Astrid. 2014. Increased fairness in priority setting processes within the health sector: The case of Kapiri-Mposhi District, Zambia. BMC Health Services Research. 14:75. doi: 10.1186/1472-6963-14-75
  • Gjerde, Janne Lillelid; Rørtveit, Guri; Muleta, Mulu; Blystad, Astrid. 2013. Silently waiting to heal: Experiences among women living with urinary incontinence in northwest Ethiopia. International Urogynecology Journal. 24: 953-958. doi: 10.1007/s00192-012-1951-4
  • Josefsen, Dag; Hetland, Geir; Blystad, Astrid; Fløisand, Yngvar; Kvalheim, Gunnar. 2013. SUCCESSFUL USE OF PLERIXAFOR IN HARD TO MOBILIZE PATIENTS - FOLLOWING HIGH DOSE THERAPY ALL PATIENTS DEVELOPED FAST AND SUSTAINED ENGRAFTMENT WITH DURABLE CLINICAL RESPONSES. Cytotherapy. 15: S24-S24.
  • Jürgensen, Marte; Sandøy, Ingvild Fossgard; Michelo, Charles Cheembo; Fylkesnes, Knut Martin; Mwangala, Sheila; Blystad, Astrid. 2013. The seven Cs of the high acceptability of home-based VCT: Results from a mixed methods approach in Zambia. Social Science and Medicine. 97: 210-219. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2013.07.033
  • Megabiaw, B; Adefris, M; Rørtveit, Guri; Degu, G; Muleta, M; Blystad, Astrid; Melese, T; Kebede, Y; Kiserud, Torvid. 2013. Pelvic floor disorders among women in Dabat district, northwest Ethiopia: a pilot study. International Urogynecology Journal. 24: 1135-1143. doi: 10.1007/s00192-012-1981-y
  • Shayo, Elizabeth H; Mboera, Leonard E.G.; Blystad, Astrid. 2013. Stakeholders' participation in planning and priority setting in the context of a decentralised health care system: the case of prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV programme in Tanzania. BMC Health Services Research. 13. 12 pages. doi: 10.1186/1472-6963-13-273
  • Våga, Bodil Bø; Moland, Karen Marie; Evjen-Olsen, Bjørg; Leshabari, Sebalda Charles; Blystad, Astrid. 2013. Rethinking nursing care: An ethnographic approach to nurse-patient interaction in the context of a HIV preventive programme in rural Tanzania. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 50: 1045-1053. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2012.11.025
  • Østebø, Marit Tolo; Haukanes, Haldis; Blystad, Astrid. 2013. Strong state policies on gender and aid: threats and opportunities for Norwegian faith-based organisations. Forum for Development Studies. 40: 193-216. doi: 10.1080/08039410.2012.752761
  • Jürgensen, Marte; Tuba, Mary; Fylkesnes, Knut; Blystad, Astrid. 2012. The burden of knowing: balancing benefits and barriers in HIV testing decisions. a qualitative study from Zambia. BMC Health Services Research. 12. 11 pages. doi: 10.1186/1472-6963-12-2
  • Megabiaw, Berihun; Adefris, Mulat; Rørtveit, Guri; Degu, Getu; Muleta, Mulu; Kiserud, Torvid; Blystad, Astrid; Melese, Tesfahun; Kebede, Yigzaw. 2012. Prevalence of pelvic floor disorders among women in northwest Ethiopia: the DABINCOP pilot study. International Urogynecology Journal. 24: 1135-1143. doi: 10.1007/s00192-012-1981-y
  • Sandøy, Ingvild Fossgard; Blystad, Astrid; Shayo, Elizabeth H; Makundi, Emmanuel Alphayo; Michelo, Charles Cheembo; Zulu, Joseph; Byskov, Jens. 2012. Condom availability in high risk places and condom use: a study at district level in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia. BMC Public Health. 12. 1030. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-12-1030
  • Shayo, Elizabeth H; Norheim, Ole Frithjof; Mboera, Leonard E.G.; Byskov, Jens; Maluka, Stephen; Kamuzora, Peter; Blystad, Astrid. 2012. Challenges to fair decision-making processes in the context of health care services: a qualitative assessment from Tanzania. International Journal for Equity in Health. 11. 12 pages. doi: 10.1186/1475-9276-11-30
  • Songstad, Nils Gunnar; Lindkvist, Ida; Moland, Karen Marie; Chimhutu, Victor; Blystad, Astrid. 2012. Assessing performance enhancing tools: experiences with the open performance review and appraisal system (OPRAS) and expectations towards payment for performance (P4P) in the public health sector in Tanzania. Globalization and Health. 8:33. 13 pages. doi: 10.1186/1744-8603-8-33
  • Songstad, Nils Gunnar; Moland, Karen Marie; Massay, Deodatus Amadeus; Blystad, Astrid. 2012. Why do health workers in rural Tanzania prefer public sector employment? BMC Health Services Research. 12. 12 pages. Published 2012-04-05. doi: 10.1186/1472-6963-12-92
  • Eri, Tine Schauer; Blystad, Astrid; Gjengedal, Eva; Blåka, Gunnhild. 2011. 'Stay home for as long as possible': Midwives' priorities and strategies in communicating with first-time mothers in early labour. Midwifery. 27: E286-E292. doi: 10.1016/j.midw.2011.01.006
  • Njeru, Mercy Karimi; Blystad, Astrid; Shayo, Elizabeth H; Nyamongo, Isaac K; Fylkesnes, Knut. 2011. Practicing provider-initiated HIV testing in high prevalence settings: consent concerns and missed preventive opportunities. BMC Health Services Research. 11. 14 pages. doi: 10.1186/1472-6963-11-87
  • Songstad, Nils Gunnar; Moland, Karen Marie; Blystad, Astrid. 2011. Financial incentives for health worker motivation: the case of health services in Tanzania. Tropical medicine & international health. 16: 341-341.
  • Songstad, Nils Gunnar; Moland, Karen Marie; Massy, DA; Blystad, Astrid. 2011. 'What counts': health workers' preferences for public health facilities or church-run health facilities in Tanzania. Tropical medicine & international health. 16: 340-340.
  • Songstad, Nils Gunnar; Rekdal, Ole Bjørn; Massay, Deodatus Amadeus; Blystad, Astrid. 2011. Perceived unfairness in working conditions: The case of public health services in Tanzania. BMC Health Services Research. 11. 15 pages. doi: 10.1186/1472-6963-11-34
  • Songstad, Nils Gunnar; Rekdal, Ole Bjørn; Massay, Deodatus Amadeus; Blystad, Astrid. 2011. Perceived unfairness in working conditions: the case of public health services in Tanzania. Tropical medicine & international health. 16: 89-89.
  • Blystad, Astrid; van Esterik, Penny; Paoli, Marina Manuela de; Sellen, Daniel W; Leshabari, Sebalda; Moland, Karen Marie. 2010. Reflections on global policy documents and the WHO's infant feeding guidelines: lessons learnt. International Breastfeeding Journal. 5. doi: 10.1186/1746-4358-5-18
  • Eri, Tine Schauer; Blystad, Astrid; Gjengedal, Eva; Blåka, Gunnhild. 2010. Negotiating credibility: first-time mothers' experiences of contact with the labour ward before hospitalisation. Midwifery. 26: E25-E30. doi: 10.1016/j.midw.2008.11.005
  • Eri, Tine Schauer; Blystad, Astrid; Gjengedal, Eva; Blåka, Gunnhild. 2010. ‘The waiting mode’: First-time mothers’ experiences of waiting for labour onset. Sexual & Reproductive HealthCare. 1: 169-173. doi: 10.1016/j.srhc.2010.07.003
  • Koricho, Absera Teshome; Moland, Karen Marie; Blystad, Astrid. 2010. Poisonous milk and sinful mothers: the changing meaning of breastfeeding in the wake of the HIV epidemic in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. International Breastfeeding Journal. 5. doi: 10.1186/1746-4358-5-12
  • Moland, Karen Marie; Blystad, Astrid. 2010. ?HIV and infant feeding: Lessons learnt and the ways ahead? Thematic series. International Breastfeeding Journal 2010:5. International Breastfeeding Journal. 5.
  • Moland, Karen Marie; Paoli, Marina Manuela de; Sellen, Daniel W; van Esterik, Penny; Sellen, Dan; Leshabari, Sebalda; Blystad, Astrid. 2010. Breastfeeding and HIV: experiences from a decade of prevention of postnatal HIV transmission in sub-Saharan Africa. International Breastfeeding Journal. 5. doi: 10.1186/1746-4358-5-10
  • Moland, Karen Marie; van Esterik, Penny; Sellen, Daniel W; Paoli, Marina Manuela de; Leshabari, Sebalda Charles; Blystad, Astrid. 2010. Ways ahead: protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding in the context of HIV. International Breastfeeding Journal. 5. doi: 10.1186/1746-4358-5-19
  • Njunga, John; Blystad, Astrid. 2010. 'The divorce program': gendered experiences of HIV positive mothers enrolled in PMTCT programs - the case of rural Malawi. International Breastfeeding Journal. 5. doi: 10.1186/1746-4358-5-14
  • Paoli, Marina Manuela de; Moland, Karen Marie; Sellen, Daniel W; van Esterik, Penny; Leshabari, Sebalda Charles; Blystad, Astrid. 2010. Breastfeeding and HIV: experiences from a decade of prevention of postnatal HIV transmission in sub-Saharan Africa. International Breastfeeding Journal. 5.
  • Paoli, Marina Manuela de; Moland, Karen Marie; van Esterik, Penny; Sellen, Daniel W; Leshabari, Sebalda Charles; Blystad, Astrid. 2010. Ways ahead: protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding in the context of HIV. International Breastfeeding Journal. 5.
  • Blystad, Astrid; Moland, Karen Marie. 2009. Technologies of hope? Motherhood, HIV and infant feeding in eastern Africa. Anthropology & Medicine. 16: 105-118. doi: 10.1080/13648470902940655
  • Blystad, Astrid; Moland, Karen Marie. 2009. Technologies of hope? Motherhood, HIV and infant feeding in eastern Africa. Anthropology & Medicine. 16: 105-118.
  • Byskov, Jens; Bloch, Paul; Blystad, Astrid; Hurtig, Anna-Karin; Fylkesnes, Knut; Kamuzora, Peter; Kombe, Yeri; Kvåle, Gunnar; Marchal, Bruno; Martin, Douglas K.; Michelo, Charles Cheembo; Ndawi, Benedict; Ngulube, Thabale J.; Nyamongo, Isaac; Olsen, Øystein Evjen; Onyango-Ouma, Washington; Sandøy, Ingvild Fossgard; Shayo, Elizabeth H.; Silwamba, Gavin; Songstad, Nils Gunnar; Tuba, Mary. 2009. Accountable priority setting for trust in health systems - the need for research into a new approach for strengthening sustainable health action in developing countries. Health Research Policy and Systems. 7: 2-11. doi: 10.1186/1478-4505-7-23
  • Munga, Michael Aloyce; Songstad, Nils Gunnar; Blystad, Astrid; Mæstad, Ottar. 2009. The decentralisation-centralisation dilemma: recruitment and distribution of health workers in remote districts of Tanzania. BMC International Health and Human Rights. 9. 11 pages. doi: 10.1186/1472-698X-9-9
  • Njeru, Mercy Karimi; Blystad, Astrid; Nyamongo, Isaac K; Fylkesnes, Knut. 2009. A critical assessment of the WHO responsiveness tool: lessons from voluntary HIV testing and counselling services in Kenya. BMC Health Services Research. 9. Published 2009-12-22. doi: 10.1186/1472-6963-9-243
  • Tarimo, Edith a. mroso; Kohi, Thecla W.; Outwater, Anne; Blystad, Astrid. 2009. Gender roles and informal care for patients with AIDS A qualitative study from an urban area in Tanzania. Journal of Transcultural Nursing. 20: 61-68. doi: 10.1177/1043659608325843
  • Blystad, Astrid. 2007. Hindrer hiv fra grasrota. Hubro. Magasin for Universitetet i Bergen. 14: 13-14.
  • Blystad, Astrid; Rekdal, Ole Bjørn; Malleyeck, Herman. 2007. Seclusion, protection and avoidance: Exploring the metida complex among the datoga of northern Tanzania. Africa. 77: 331-350.
  • Blystad, Astrid; Rekdal, Ole Bjørn; Malleyeck, Herman. 2007. Seclusion, protection and avoidance: Exploring the metida complex among the datoga of northern Tanzania. Africa. 77: 331-350.
  • Leshabari, S C; Blystad, Astrid; Moland, Karen Marie. 2007. Difficult choices: Infant feeding experiences of HIV-positive mothers in northern Tanzania. SAHARA-J: Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS. 4: 544-555.
  • Leshabari, S C; Blystad, Astrid; de Paoli, M; Moland, Karen Marie. 2007. HIV and infant feeding counselling: challenges faced by nurse-counsellors in northern Tanzania. Human Resources for Health. 5: 18-29.
  • Leshabari, Sebalda Charles; Blystad, Astrid; Moland, Karen Marie. 2007. Difficult choices: Infant feeding experiences of HIV-positive mothers in northern Tanzania. SAHARA-J: Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS. 4: 544-555.
  • Leshabari, Sebalda Charles; Blystad, Astrid; de Paoli, Marina Manuela; Moland, Karen Marie. 2007. HIV and infant feeding counselling: challenges faced by nurse-counsellors in northern Tanzania. Human Resources for Health. 5. Published 2007-07-24. doi: 10.1186/1478-4491-5-18
  • Oleke, Christopher; Blystad, Astrid; Fylkesnes, Knut; Tumwine, James K. 2007. Constraints to educational opportunities of orphans: A community-based study from northern Uganda. AIDS Care. 19: 361-368. doi: 10.1080/09540120600677987
  • Oleke, Christopher; Blystad, Astrid; Rekdal, Ole Bjørn; Moland, Karen Marie. 2007. Experiences of orphan care in Amach, Uganda: assessing policy implications. SAHARA-J: Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS. 4: 532-543.
  • Oleke, Christopher; Blystad, Astrid; Rekdal, Ole Bjørn; Moland, Karen Marie. 2007. Experiences of orphan care in Amach, Uganda: assessing policy implications. SAHARA-J: Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS. 4: 532-543.
  • Rekdal, Ole Bjørn; Blystad, Astrid. 2007. Apartheid i forskning. Bergens Tidende. 11. Published 2007-09-25.
  • Oleke, Christopher; Blystad, Astrid; Moland, Karen Marie; Rekdal, Ole Bjørn; Heggenhougen, Kristian. 2006. The varying vulnerability of African orphans - The case of the Langi, northern Uganda. Childhood. 13. doi: 10.1177/0907568206062943
  • Oleke, Christopher; Blystad, Astrid; Moland, Karen Marie; Rekdal, Ole Bjørn; Heggenhougen, Kristian. 2006. The varying vulnerability of African orphans - The case of the Langi, northern Uganda. Childhood. 13: 267-284.
  • Oleke, Christopher; Blystad, Astrid; Rekdal, Ole Bjørn. 2005. "When the obvious brother is not there": Political and cultural contexts of the orphan challenge in northern Uganda. Social Science and Medicine. 61: 2628-2638.
  • Oleke, Christopher; Rekdal, Ole Bjørn; Blystad, Astrid. 2005. "When the obvious brother is not there": Political and cultural context of the orphan challenge in northern Uganda. Social Science and Medicine. 61: 2628-2638.
  • Terkelsen, Toril Borch; Blystad, Astrid; Hydle, Ida. 2005. Article:Transforming extraordinary experiences into the concept of schizophrenia: a case-study of a Norwegian psychiatric unit. Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry : an International Journal of Critical Inquiry. 7: 229-252.
  • Blystad, Astrid. 2004. On HIV, sex and respect: Local-global discourse encounters among the Datoga of Tanzania. African Sociological Review. 8: 47-66.
Reports and theses
  • Koricho, Absera Teshome; Blystad, Astrid. 2008. The fear of mother's milk in the era of HIV: A qualitative study among HIV positive mothers and health prefessionals, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 93 pages.
  • Kyamba, Neema Jimmy; Blystad, Astrid. 2008. Challenges of living with diabetes in resource poor settings: Experiences of diabetes patients, community members and health care providers, Mbulu, northern Tanzania. 89 pages.
  • Njunga, John; Blystad, Astrid. 2008. Infant feeding experiences of HIV positive mothers enrolled in prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) programs - The case for rural Malawi. 108 pages.
  • Bell, Karin; Blystad, Astrid. 2004. "Nursing Care in an African Context"; A qualitative study from Haydom Lutheran Hospital, Tanzania. GeGCA-NUFU Publications. 9. UiB, Bergen. 100 pages.
  • Gombachika, Belinda thandizo; Blystad, Astrid. 2004. Experiences of HIV-positive pregnant women: A qualitative study from Lilongwe urban, Malawi. GeGCA-NUFU Publications. 5. 83 pages.
  • Tarimo, Edith a. mroso; Blystad, Astrid. 2004. Assessing the impact of HIV/AIDS on informal care: A qualitative study from an urban Tanzanian context. GeGCA-NUFU Publications. 6. 91 pages.
  • Våga, Bodil Bø; Blystad, Astrid. 2004. 'The Search for Care and Cure' - Exploring Health Seeking Behaviour in Mbulu District, Tanzania. GeGCA-NUFU Publications. 8. UiB, Bergen. 100 pages.
  • Blystad, Astrid. 2000. Precarious Procreation. Datoga Pastoralists at the Late 20th Century. Universitetet i Bergen,, Bergen. 290 pages.
  • Bjelland, Anne Karen; Blystad, Astrid. 1996. Kroppen i sosialantropologi. Sosialantropologisk Institutt, Universitetet i Bergen.
  • Blystad, Astrid. 1992. The pastoral Barabaig: Fertility, recycling and the social order. Centre for Development Studies and Department of Social Anth ropology, University of Bergen..
Book sections
  • Lange, Siri; Blystad, Astrid; Mfaume, Dorcas. 2018. Globally designed accountability and local social inequality. A case study of two maternal deaths in Tanzania. Chapter 8, pages 133-152. In:
    • Fyhn, Håkon; Aspen, Harald; Larsen, Anne Kathrine. 2018. Edges of Global Transformation: Ethnographies of Uncertainty. Lexington Books. 220 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4985-8407-4.
  • Moland, Karen Marie; Blystad, Astrid. 2009. Counting on Mother's Love: The Global Politics of Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV in Eastern Africa. 16, pages 447-479. In:
    • Hahn, Robert A.; Inhorn, Marcia C. 2009. Anthropology and public health : bridging differences in culture and society. Oxford University Press. 730 pages. ISBN: 978-0-19-537464-3.
  • Blystad, Astrid. 2007. On HIV, sex and respect: Local-global discourse encounters among Datoga in Tanzania. 9, pages 119-141. In:
    • Lothe, Ellen Alexandra; Daniel, Marguerite; Snipstad, Mai Bente; Sveaass, Nora. 2007. Strength in Broken Places. Marginalisation and Empowerment. Unipub forlag. 210 pages. ISBN: 978-82-303-0782-3.
  • Blystad, Astrid. 2005. Fertile mortal links: Reconsidering Datoga violence. Chapter, pages 112-130. In:
    • Broch-Due, Vigdis. 2005. Violence and Belonging: The quest for Identity in Post-colonial Africa. Routledge. 261 pages. ISBN: 0-415-29006-6.
  • Blystad, Astrid. 2005. Noen tanker om positivisme i kvalitativ forskning. Kapittel, pages 75-91. In:
    • Foss, Christina; Ellefsen, Bodil. 2005. Helsetjenesteforskning. Perspektiver, metoder og muligheter. Universitetsforlaget. 243 pages. ISBN: 82-15-00483-0.
  • Rekdal, Ole Bjørn; Blystad, Astrid; Gasheka, Petro; Malleyeck, Herman. 2005. Employing film in HIV prevention: a culture specific film from Mbulu/Hanang, Tanzania. Kapittel, pages 85-90. In:
    • Moland, Karen Marie; Songstad, Nils Gunnar; Blystad, Astrid. 2005. Gender, generation and communication in times of AIDS: The potential of 'modern' and 'traditional' institutions. Proceedings from a workshop held in Bagamoyo, Tanzania, 23-25 November 2004. 171 pages. ISBN: 8278151210.
  • Rekdal, Ole Bjørn; Blystad, Astrid; Malleyeck, Herman; Gasheka, Peter. 2005. Employing film in HIV prevention: a culture specific film from Mbulu/Hanang. 85-90. In:
    • 2005. GeGCA-NUFU Publications, vol 10. Center for International Health, Bergen. 6 pages.
  • Blystad, Astrid; Rekdal, Ole Bjørn. 2004. Datoga. Chapter, pages 629-638. In:
    • Ember, C.R.; Ember, M. 2004. Encyclopedia of medical anthropology: Health and illness in the world's cultures. Kluwer Academic Publishers. 1071 pages. ISBN: 0-306-47754-8.
  • Blystad, Astrid. 2000. Challenging encounters: Datoga lives in independent Tanzania. 157-180. In:
    • Manger, L; Ahmed, AGM. 2000. Pastoralists and evironment: Experiences from the Greater Horn of Africa.
  • Blystad, Astrid. 2000. Challenging encounters: Datoga lives in independent Tanzania. 157-180. In:
    • Manger, Leif Ole; Ahmed, AGM. 2000. Pastoralists and evironment: Experiences from the Greater Horn of Africa. 240 pages.
  • Blystad, Astrid. 1999. "Dealing with men's spears": Datooga pastoralists combating male intrusion on female fertility. 187-223. In:
    • Moore, Henrietta L; Sanders, Todd; Kaare, Bwire. 1999. Those who play with fire: Gender, fertility & transformation in East and Southern Africa.
  • Blystad, Astrid. 1999. "Dealing with men's spears": Datooga pastoralists combating male intrusion on female fertility. 187-223. In:
    • Moore, Henrietta L.; Sanders, Todd; Kaare, Bwire. 1999. Those who play with fire: Gender, fertility and transformation in East and Southern Africa. ISBN: 0-485-19569-0.
  • Rekdal, Ole Bjørn; Blystad, Astrid. 1999. "We are as sheep and goats": Iraqw and Datooga discourses on fortune, failure, and the future. 125-146. In:
    • Anderson, David; Broch-Due, Vigdis. 1999. "The poor are not us": Poverty and pastoralism in Eastern Africa. ISBN: 0-85255-265-3.
  • Rekdal, Ole Bjørn; Blystad, Astrid. 1999. "We are as sheep and goats": Iraqw and Datooga discourses on fortune, failure and the future. 125-146. In:
    • [Mangler etternavn], [Mangler fornavn]. 1999. The poor are not us. Poverty and pastoralism in eastern Africa. ISBN: 0-85255-265-3.
  • Rekdal, Ole Bjørn; Blystad, Astrid. 1999. "We are as sheep and goats": Iraqw and Datooga discourses on fortune, failure and the future. 125-146. In:
    • 1999. The poor are not us. Poverty and pastoralism in eastern Africa. 22 pages.
  • Blystad, Astrid. 1996. La Chant qui Reveille la Terre. 202-205. In:
    • Dorn, Thomas. 1996. 'Houn- Noukoun: Tambours et Visages'. ISBN: 3-927527-80-7.
  • Blystad, Astrid. 1996. "Do Give us Children": The Problem of Fertility among the Pastoral Barbayiig of Tanzania. 295-317. In:
    • Ahmed, Abdel Ghaffar M.; Abdel, Hassan A. 1996. Managing Scarcity: Human Adaptation in East African Drylands.
  • Blystad, Astrid. 1996. "Do Give us Children": The Problem of Fertility among the Pastoral Barbayiig of Tanzania'. In:
    • Ahmed, A.G.M; Abdel, H.A. 1996. Managing Scarcity: Human Adaptation in East African Dryland s.
  • Blystad, Astrid. 1996. La Chant qui Revielle la Terre. In:
    • Dorn, Thomas. 1996. 'Houn-Noukoun: Tambours et Visages.
  • Blystad, Astrid. 1995. Peril or penalty: AIDS in the context of social change among the Barabaig. 86-106. In:
    • Klepp, Knut-Inge; Biswalo, Paul M.; Talle, Aud. 1995. Young people at risk: Fighting AIDS in northern Tanzania. ISBN: 82-00-22698-0.
  • Blystad, Astrid. 1995. Peril or Penalty: AIDS in the context of social change among the Barabaig. 86-106. In:
    • Klepp, Knut-Inge; Biswalo, Paul M.; Talle, Aud. 1995. Young People at Risk: fighting AIDS in Northern Tanzania. Universitetsforlaget. ISBN: 82-00-22698-0.
Artistic production
  • Rekdal, Ole Bjørn; Blystad, Astrid; Malleyeck, Herman; Gasheka, Peter. 2006. Eshageada UKIMWI Datoga (Datoga let's beware AIDS!). 2nd version.

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PhD, RN

Strengthening human resources for health, Tanzania. NRC grant: 2006-2011, PI: Blystad with CMI and BUC.

Gender, generation and social mobilisation: Challenges of reproductive health and rights among vulnerable groups in Sudan, Tanzania and Ethiopia. NUFU grant: 2007-2012, PI: Blystad

Gender in poverty reduction. NRC grant: 2009-2012, PI: Haldis Haukanes, Gender and development, UoB, Blystad main collaborating partner.

Incontinence and symptomatic pelvic organ prolapse in Ethiopia. Initiated in 2010, to apply for main funding 2011. Helse Vest grant: 2010, PI: Guri Rørtveit, Blystad main collaborating partner.

‘REACT: Health related priority setting, Tanzania. EU grant: 2005-2010, Blystad responsible for one work-package.

Searching for effective HIV-prevention and care in sub-Saharan Africa: focusing on local contexts. NRC grant: 2004-2008 w/extension 2008-10, PI: Fylkesnes. Blystad responsible for one work package.

Gender, generation and communication in times of AIDS:
The potential of ’modern’ and ’traditional’ institutions. NUFU grant: 2006-2007, PI: Blystad

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