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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 Danielsens hus, Årstadveien 21
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7804
    5020 Bergen

Mental health

Child and Maternal health

Global public health

Nutrition epidemiology

Research methods

Journal articles
  • Kashala Abotnes, Esperance; Sombo, Marie-Thérèse; Okitundu, Daniel L.; Kunyu, Marcel; Bomoko Makila-Mabe, Guy; Tylleskär, Thorkild; Sikorskii, Alla; Banea, Jean-Pierre; Mumba Ngoyi, Dieudonné; Tshala-Katumbay, Désiré; Boivin, Michael J. 2018. Dietary cyanogen exposure and early child neurodevelopment: An observational study from the Democratic Republic of Congo. PLOS ONE. 13. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0193261
  • Kashala Abotnes, Espérance; Okitundu, Daniel L.; Mumba Ngoyi, Dieudonné; Boivin, Michael J.; Tylleskär, Thorkild; Tshala-Katumbay, Désiré. 2018. Konzo: a distinct neurological disease associated with food (cassava)cyanogenic poisoning. Brain Research Bulletin. 145: 87-91. doi: 10.1016/j.brainresbull.2018.07.001
  • Sanou, Anselme Simeon; Diallo, Abdoulaye Hama; Holding, Penny; Nankabirwa, Victoria; Engebretsen, Ingunn Marie S.; Ndeezi, Grace; Tumwine, James K; Meda, Nicolas; Tylleskär, Thorkild; Kashala-Abotnes, Espérance. 2018. Effects of schooling on aspects of attention in rural Burkina Faso, West Africa. PLOS ONE. 13. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0203436
  • Sanou, Anselme Simeon; Diallo, Abdoulaye Hama; Holding, Penny; Nankabirwa, Victoria; Engebretsen, Ingunn Marie S.; Ndeezi, Grace; Tumwine, James K; Meda, Nicolas; Tylleskär, Thorkild; Kashala-Abotnes, Espérance. 2018. Association between stunting and neuro-psychological outcomes among children in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health (CAPMH). 12. doi: 10.1186/s13034-018-0236-1
  • Sanou, Anselme Simeon; Diallo, Hama Abdoulaye; Holding, Penny; Nankabirwa, Victoria; Engebretsen, Ingunn Marie Stadskleiv; Ndeezi, Grace; Tumwine, James K.; Meda, Nicolas; Tylleskär, Thorkild; Kashala-Abotnes, Espérance. 2018. Effects of schooling on aspects of attention in rural Burkina Faso, West Africa. PLOS ONE.
  • Tumwine, James K; Nankabirwa, Victoria; Diallo, Hama Abdoulaye; Engebretsen, Ingunn Marie S.; Ndeezi, Grace; Bangirana, Paul; Sanou, Anselme Simeon; Kashala Abotnes, Esperance; Boivin, Michael; Giordani, Bruno; Elgen, Irene Bircow; Holding, Penny; Kakooza-Mwesige, Angelina; Skylstad, Vilde; Nalugya, Joyce; Tylleskär, Thorkild; Meda, Nicolas. 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. 13:e0191001: 1-17. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0191001
  • Akilimali, Pierre; Musumari, Patou M; Kashala Abotnes, Esperance; Kayembe, Patrick Kalambayi; Lepira, Francois B; Mutombo, Paulin Beya; Tylleskär, Thorkild; Ali, Mapatano Mala. 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. 12. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0171407
  • Sanou, Anselme Simeon; Diallo, Abdoulaye Hama; Holding, Penny; Nankabirwa, Victoria; Engebretsen, Ingunn Marie S.; Ndeezi, Grace; Tumwine, James K; Meda, Nicolas; Tylleskär, Thorkild; Kashala Abotnes, Esperance. 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. 2017. doi: 10.7717/peerj.3507
  • Akilimali, Pierre Zalagile; Masika Musumari, Patou; Kashala Abotnes, Esperance; LundimuTugirimana, Pierrot; Paulin, Beya Mutombo; Veldman, Frederick J; Kayembe, Patrick Kalambayi; Tylleskär, Thorkild; Mapatano, Mala Ali. 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. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.15226/jnhfs.2015.00163
  • Akilimali, Pierre Zalagile; Masika Musumari, Patou; LundimuTugirimana, Pierrot; Mutombo, Paulin Beya; Veldman, Frederick J; Kayembe, Patrick Kalambayi; Mapatano, Mala Ali; Tylleskär, Thorkild; Kashala Abotnes, Esperance. 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. doi: 4(2): 1-10. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15226/jnhfs.2015.00162
  • Kashala Abotnes, Esperance; Mumbere, Pépé Penghele; Mishika, Jeannette Mukanya; Ndjukendi, Ally Omba; Mpaka, Davin Beya; Bumoko, Makila-Mabe Guy; Kayembe, Tharcisse Kalula; Tshala-Katumbay, Désiré; Kazadi, Theodore Kayembe; Okitundu, Daniel Luwa E-Andjafono. 2016. Lead exposure and early child neurodevelopment among children 12–24 months in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 25: 1361-13671017/S1744133114. doi: 10.1007/s00787-016-0860-3
  • Mpaka, Davin Mbeya; Okitundu, Daniel Luwa E-Andjafono; Ndjukendi, Ally Omba; Nsitu, Adelin Mankubu; Kinsala, Sebastien Yabassi; Mukau, Joachim Ebwel; Ngoma, Valentin Malanda; Kashala Abotnes, Esperance; Ma-Miezi-Mampunza, Samuel; Vogels, Annick; Steyaer, Jeans. 2016. Prevalence and comorbidities of autism among children referred to the outpatient clinics for neurodevelopmental disorders. Pan African Medical Journal. doi: 10.11604/pamj.2016.25.82.4151
  • Akilimali, Pierre Zalagile; Kashala Abotnes, Esperance; Musumari, Patou Masika; Kayembe, Patrick Kalambayi; Tylleskär, Thorkild; Mapatano, Mala. 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. 10. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0140240
  • Sung, Min; Chin, Chee Hon; Lim, Choon Guan; Hwee Sen Liew, Alvin; Lim, Chau Sian; Kashala, Esperance; Weng, Shih-Jen. 2014. What’s in the pipeline? Drugs in development for autism spectrum disorder. Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment. 10: 371-381.
  • Kashala, Esperance; Lundervold, Astri Johansen; Sommerfelt, Kristian; Tylleskär, Thorkild; Elgen, Irene Bircow. 2006. Co-existing symptoms and risk factors among African school children with hyperactivity-inattention symptoms in Kinshasa, Congo. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 15: 292-299. doi: 10.1007/s00787-006-0536-5
  • Kashala, Esperance; Elgen, Irene Bircow; Sommerfelt, Kristian; Tylleskär, Thorkild. 2005. Teacher ratings of mental health among school children in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 14: 208-215. doi: 10.1007/s00787-005-0446-y
  • Kashala, Esperance; Tylleskär, Thorkild; Elgen, Irene Bircow; Kayembe, KT; Sommerfelt, Kristian. 2005. Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder among school children in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. African Health Sciences. 5: 172-181.
  • Kashala, Espérance; Elgen, Irene Bircow; Sommerfelt, Kristian; Tylleskär, Thorkild; Lundervold, Astri Johansen. 2005. Cognition in African children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Pediatric Neurology. 33: 357-364.
Reports and theses
  • Kashala, Esperance. 2005. Mental Health of African School Children. University of Bergen, Bergen.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

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.

  • 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