Mother & Child Health in the SDGs - Doctor honoris causa seminar in Gamle Festsal

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) left us with an unfinished agenda for mothers, newborns and small children. The less detailed, but more comprehensive Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are attempting to take us a step forward. Do they focus enough on MDG 4 & 5? 

Newborn baby in Myanmar.

Newborn baby in Myanmar. Photo: iStock

Lead collaborators in major capacity building programs, Dr. Abraham Haileamlak Mitike and Dr. Thein Thein Htay are in Norway to be awarded the doctor honoris causa (Æresdoktor) at the University of Oslo. The Centre for Global Health, the Faculty of Medicine at the UiO invites you to a public seminar to honor the prestigious titles awarded to Dr. Mitike and Dr. Htay.  

Dr. Mitike is a Professor of Pediatrics and Child Health from Jimma University in Ethiopia and is one of the partners in the EXCEL SMART JUiO NORPART project aimed at enhancing the quality of higher education in Ethiopia and strengthening the academic cooperation between Jimma University and the University of Oslo. Dr. Thein Thein Htay is former Deputy Minister for Health in Myanmar and a distinguished partner in the MY-NORTH collaboration. She has given a tireless contribution to advancing the field of women's health, both internationally and in Myanmar. The awards are given for their important and noteworthy contributions to health and medical education.

Please register for this event.  Light refreshments will be served, deadline for registration: 25 August.


Dr. Jeanette H. Magnus

13:00 Welcome Dean Frode Vartdal, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo
13:10 Norway and the Sustainable Development Goals State Secretary Laila Bokhari
13:30 Maternal and Child Health and the Sustainable Development Goals in Ethiopia Dr. Abraham Haileamlak Mitike
14:10 Maternal and Child Health and the Sustainable Development Goals in Myanmar Dr. Thein Thein Htay  
14:50 Coffee break and mingling  
15:10 Global perspectives on the health-related Sustainable Development Goals Dr. Paul Fife, The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)
15:30 Research in the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals Dr. Trygve Ottersen, The Norwegian Public Health Institute

Civil Society role and the Sustainable Development Goals-through a Gendered Lens

Ms. Gro Lindstad, FOKUS
16:00 The Importance of Women's Economic Empowerment for Maternal and Child Health Mrs. Ingrid Stange, Partnership for Change
16:10 Reflections Dr. Johanne Sundby, Centre for Global Health, University of Oslo
16:20 Q&A  

Pregnant woman

Pregnant woman. Photo: iStock Photo

Published May 19, 2017 10:30 AM - Last modified Jan. 2, 2019 9:29 AM