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George Ruhago successfully defended his PhD

Research group member George Ruhago successfully defended his PhD thesis "Economic evaluation and equity impact analysis of interventions or maternal and child health in Tanzania" on Friday 6yh of November.

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From left: Eline Aas, Berit Bringedal, George Ruhago, Bjørn Blomberg, Astrid Blystad and Ole Frithjof Norheim.
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In his thesis, George Ruhago has demostrated that the introduction of rota virus- and pneumococcial vaccines in Tanzania together with standard treatment for diorrhea and pneumonia is very cost-effective. He also show how this scale-up of interventions is likely to save more than twice as many mothers and children under five in the poorest population quintile compared to the richest. This means that this increase in intervention coverage across all quintiles would also reduce inequality in maternal and child mortality.

In his work, George Ruhago has shown that it is possible to use currently available methods and tools to generate evidence for policy decisions in low-income settings.

Background

George has a Bachelor degree in health policy and administration from Muhimimbili University in Tanzania, and a master from Centre of International Health at UoB. He has been a PdD candidate at the Institute of Glubal Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Bergen. Main supervisor was professor Ole Frithjof Norheim and co supervisor was professor Bjarne Robberstad

Defence

Acting as oponents were associate professor Eline Aas from the University of Oslo, senior researcher Berit Bringedal from the Norwegian Medical Association, and associate professor II Bjørn Blomberg from the University of Bergen.

The reaserch group warmly congratulate with an impressive and important thesis!