The Pandemic Centre signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Dhulikhel University Hospital, Nepal
During the visit of a Norwegian delegation to Nepal, the Pandemic Centre traced its intention to partner with the newly established Pandemic & Disaster Preparedness Centre at Dhulikhel University Hospital.
During the last week of March, the Pandemic Centre joined a Norwegian academic delegation to Nepal to discuss ways of furthering the collaboration between Norway and Nepal in academia. Esperanza Diaz, the leader of the Pandemic Centre at the University of Bergen, presented the Pandemic Centre and its vision for an interdisciplinary approach to pandemics and disaster preparedness in several occasions.
Here are the highlights of the visit:
Women's Careers and Empowerment in Global Health
The conference "Women's Careers and Empowerment in Global Health" was held on Sunday the 26th of March at the Yak and Yeti Hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal. The conference was organized by Women in Global Health (WGH) Norway, along with Prof. Dr. Dibya Singh Shah, the Dean from the Institute of Medicine at Tribhuvan University. The conference aimed to discuss the role of women in global health and to empower them in their careers.
The conference had a diverse set of speakers, including among others Dr. Bernadette Kumar, Vice-President of Women in Global Health (WGH) Norway, Prof. Dr. Dibya Singh Shah, Prof. Dr. Hanne Harbo Flinstad, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Oslo, Dr. Jeanette H. Magnus, the Director of the Centre for Global Health at the Sustainable Health Unit, UiO, and Prof. Dr. Esperanza Diaz, Director of the Pandemic Center at the University of Bergen along with several key women in health and policy in Nepal. The establishment of a new chapter of WGH will be stablished in Nepal was announced at the end of the conference.
Meeting at the Institute of Medicine, Kathmandu University
On Monday the 27th of March 2023, a delegation from the University of Bergen and University of Oslo visited the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of Kathmandu University. The meeting was held to discuss ways of collaboration between Norway and Nepal in academia. Esperanza Diaz, the leader of the Pandemic Centre at the University of Bergen, presented the Pandemic Centre and its vision for an interdisciplinary approach to pandemics and disaster preparedness.
Both Norway and Nepal have experienced the challenges of pandemics in recent years, and there is a growing recognition that interdisciplinary approaches are needed to tackle these complex issues. The Pandemic Centre at the University of Bergen is an example of such an approach, bringing together researchers and students from a wide range of disciplines to produce and promote research on pandemics.
The meeting provided an opportunity for the delegation from Norway to learn more about IOM at Kathmandu University and the work that is being done there to address the health needs of Nepal. It also allowed for a fruitful discussion on how the two universities can collaborate further in academic research and education, with a particular focus on disaster preparedness and pandemic response.
Overall, the meeting was a positive step towards strengthening academic ties between Norway and Nepal and fostering collaboration between the two countries in addressing the challenges of pandemics and natural disasters.
Workshop at Dhulikhel University Hospital and Signing of the MoU
On Tuesday the 28th of March 2023,The Pandemic Centre at the University of Bergen (UiB) held a workshop at Dhulikhel Hospital on interdisciplinarity and the importance of working across disciplines in education and research to tackle the challenges of pandemics. The workshop aimed to share knowledge and expertise between health professionals at the hospital and scholars from UiB, highlighting the importance of collaboration in dealing with pandemics, both during the spreading of the virus and in the aftermath.
A group of health professionals from Dhulikhel Hospital, including doctors directly involved in handling the pandemic and providing advice to the Nepali government, shared their experiences and knowledge with the team at the Pandemic Center and suggested potential areas of collaboration.
At an official dinner the same day, the Pandemic Centre at the University of Bergen (UiB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dhulikhel Hospital to collaborate on teaching and research related to pandemics and crisis preparedness. The hospital is a community-oriented health care facility that provides cost-effective and quality health care services to the rural and needy population of Nepal.
The MoU aims to establish an understanding between UiB and Dhulikhel University Hospital to work together in areas of mutual interest, including teaching and training, international and national fundraising, joint proposal development, and staff and student exchange and mobility.
The collaboration is significant as it brings together two institutions that share a common goal of promoting research and education related to pandemics and disaster preparedness .
The partnership will provide opportunities for scholars, researchers, and students from both institutions to work together and learn from each other's experiences and expertise. The collaboration will help both institutions to enhance their research capacity and contribute to the global efforts to prevent and control pandemics. The interdisciplinary courses in pandemics and crisis preparedness offered by UiB will be beneficial to the staff and students of Dhulikhel Hospital, who can learn about the latest developments in the field of pandemics.
Dhulikhel Hospital has a long-standing commitment to providing health services to people from more than 50 districts of Nepal.
Overall, the MoU signed between the Pandemic Centre at UiB and Dhulikhel Hospital is a significant step towards promoting research related to pandemics and crisis preparedness.
Norway Nepal Global Health Conference 2023
The "Norway Nepal Global Health Conference 2023" was held at Dhulikhel Hospital in Kathmandu on Wednesday the 29th of March 2023 with the aim of addressing global health challenges through collaboration and partnership in research and higher education. The event was co-organized by The Pandemic Centre, Dhulikhel University Hospital Kahtmandu University, WHO and the University of Oslo.
The conference highlighted the necessity of new ways of collaborative approach for the complex current global situation, with challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate and environmental crisis, and conflict, which impact the lives of people and societies across all regions and countries. The conference stressed the need for unity and bridging the silos of public health, global health, one health, and planetary health to achieve the SDGs centered around public health.
The event brought together institutions and partners in Norway and Nepal along with key stakeholders to take the Global Health Research and Higher Education Agenda forward.
The opening ceremony included dignitaries such as The Secretary of Health MOH Dr. Roshan Pokharel, Director and Founder of Dhulikhel Hospital Dr. Ram Shrestha, and Embassy of Norway. The conference included a session were Norwegian and Nepali PhD/Master students presented their projects in global health.
This historical conference has set the way forward for future collaborations between Norway and Nepal with the Pandemic Centre at UiB taking a central role in the capacity building of the Dhuikhel Hospital “Disaster Preparedness and Pandemic Centre”.