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Esperance Kashala Abotnes

Associate Professor, Centre for International Health
  • E-mailEsperance.Abotnes@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 61 89+47 410 03 043
  • Visitor Address
    Overlege Danielssens hus, 5 floor, Årstadveien 21
    5009 Bergen
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7804
    5020 Bergen

Mental health

Child and Maternal health

Global public health

Nutrition epidemiology

Research methods

Academic article
  • Show author(s) (2021). Sustained social withdrawal behavior and ‘difficult’ temperament among infants, in relation to maternal affectivity in a low‑income area of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 11 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Cost-effectiveness of a wetting method intervention to reduce cassava cyanide-related cognitive impairment in children. Nature Food. 469-472.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Exclusive breastfeeding promotion and neuropsychological outcomes in 5-8 year old children from Uganda and Burkina Faso: Results from the PROMISE EBF cluster randomized trial. PLOS ONE. 1-17.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Effects of schooling on aspects of attention in rural Burkina Faso, West Africa. PLOS ONE.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Effects of schooling on aspects of attention in rural Burkina Faso, West Africa. PLOS ONE.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Dietary cyanogen exposure and early child neurodevelopment: An observational study from the Democratic Republic of Congo. PLOS ONE.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Association between stunting and neuro-psychological outcomes among children in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health (CAPMH).
  • Show author(s) (2017). Maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy and child's cognitive performance at 6-8 years of age in rural Burkina Faso: An observational study. PeerJ.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Disclosure of HIV status and its impact on the loss in the follow-up of HIV-infected patients on potent anti-retroviral therapy programs in a (post-) conflict setting: A retrospective cohort study from Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. PLOS ONE.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Prevalence and comorbidities of autism among children referred to the outpatient clinics for neurodevelopmental disorders. Pan African Medical Journal.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Lead exposure and early child neurodevelopment among children 12–24 months in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 1361-13671017/S1744133114.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Food insecurity and undernutrition in treated HIV patients a (post-) conflict setting: A cross sectional study from Goma,Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Journal of Nutritional Health & Food Science.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Depressive Symptoms, Loss of Appetite and Under Nutrition among Treated HIV Patients: A Cross Sectional Study in Goma, the Democratic Republic of Congo. Journal of Nutritional Health & Food Science.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Predictors of persistent Anaemia in the first year of antiretroviral therapy: A retrospective cohort study from Goma, the Democratic Republic of Congo. PLOS ONE.
  • Show author(s) (2006). Co-existing symptoms and risk factors among African school children with hyperactivity-inattention symptoms in Kinshasa, Congo. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 292-299.
  • Show author(s) (2005). Teacher ratings of mental health among school children in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 208-215.
  • Show author(s) (2005). Cognition in African children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Pediatric Neurology. 357-364.
  • Show author(s) (2005). Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder among school children in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. African Health Sciences. 172-181.
Academic lecture
  • Show author(s) (2019). Mental helse blant barn og mødre i den demokratisk republiken Kongo .
  • Show author(s) (2018). The children of Konzo.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Challenges faced and lessons learned in research and capacity building partnerships in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Enfance Africaine: Child mental health research in low-income settings: Methodological challenges with vulnerable groups.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Enfance Africaine-Mental Child Health in Francophone Africa: Dietary cyanogen is associated with early child development.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Project Enfance Africaine child mental health in francophone Africa.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Early child neurodevelopment in konzo affected area: preliminary findings from the Dem. Rep. of Congo.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Neurodevelopment and mental health assessment of children in the DR Congo Implications for policies and research.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Enfance Africaine-Mental Child Health in francophone Africa.
Doctoral dissertation
  • Show author(s) (2005). Mental Health of African School Children.
Academic literature review
  • Show author(s) (2018). Konzo: a distinct neurological disease associated with food (cassava)cyanogenic poisoning. Brain Research Bulletin. 87-91.
  • Show author(s) (2014). What’s in the pipeline? Drugs in development for autism spectrum disorder. Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment. 371-381.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

  • Enfance Africaine-Child mental health in francophone Africa, funded by the Research Council of Norway.
  • Saving Brains in Uganda and Burkina Faso
  • GrowNut: Postgraduate program in Nutrition epidemiology at Kinshasa School of Public Health, funded by NORHED.
  • Global mental health of children affected by neglected diseases in the DR Congo: case of konzo and onchocerciasis 

 

PhD: Doctor of Medical Sciences, University of Bergen, Norway, 2005.

Specialist in Neuropsychiatry: University of Kinshasa, DR Congo, 2002.

MD: Medical Doctor, University of Kinshasa, DR Congo, 1996.