Afternoon Tea Conversation with Bernadette Nirmal Kumar

WGH Norway is highlighting members of its Advisory Group and enhancing awareness of gender equity in global health leadership nationally.

Welcome to the Afternoon Tea Conversations with WGH Norway!

WGH Norway Leader, Ingeborg K. Haavardsson enjoys a virtual tea with Bernadette Nirmal Kumar, WGH Norway Advisory Group member. As the Co-chair of Lancet Migration, Bernadette talks about different instances in her life that introduced her personal passion of migration and health and her journey to becoming a leader. She talks about the importance of seeking a mentor and how being mentored is one of the most valuable and effective development opportunity available especially to the next generation of young women leaders in global health. Watch here (20 minutes)!


Bernadette Nirmal Kumar, a medical graduate from St. Johns Medical College, India, has a doctorate in Epidemiology and Public Health from the University of Oslo (UiO), Norway and a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Institute for Psychiatry, UiO. Kumar has several years of international experience working for UNICEF, WHO, WFP, World Bank and NORAD in Southern Sudan, Somalia, North West Kenya, West Bank and Gaza, North Korea, China and Bhutan (1989-2000). Migration and Health has been the focus of her research since 1999 and she is the co-editor and author of a text book on Immigrant Health in Norway: Flerkulturelt folkehelsearbeid (Fagbokforlaget 2009) and Migrant Health - A Primary Care Perspective (Taylor and Francis, 2019). In 2010, she was appointed the Director of NAKMI - Norwegian Center for Migration and Minority Health (part of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, 2018) and Associate Professor of Global Health at the Institute for Health and Society, UiO (2013). She is Professor at the Empower School of Health, India and Affiliated Professor at Kathmandu University, Nepal. She is President of the EUPHA Section of Migration and Ethnic Minority Health (2018-) and leads the Migration Health work package part of the EU Joint Action on Health Inequalities. Kumar was part of the Lancet Commission on Migration and Health (2018) and is Co-chair of Lancet Migration.

Published Mar. 10, 2021 1:01 PM - Last modified Nov. 29, 2021 11:09 AM