Global Health Inspiration Days 2019

The Centre for Global Health is pleased to announce Global Health Inspiration Days 2019, offering a unique networking opportunity for students, researchers and clinicians as well as the policy community at large. The 16 September is co-organized with Boston University and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).

Album from the event

Album from Inspiration Days 2019

The event is free of charge and includes a free lunch and coffee breaks. For overall logistics, please register below for Day 1 and/or Day 2. 


Day 1 will be a thematic day highlighting our RELIGHT programme with international guests debating antibiotic microbial resistance (AMR) and conflict. The meeting is co-organized with Boston University and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).Target groups are scholars and practitioners from clinical practice, humanities, social sciences, public health and engineering, from across the world.

Day 2 will entail informative presentations from some of our Signatory Theme leaders on their specialized topics, presentations from our Phd students and introductions from the 3 RELIGHT project winners. There will be a prize presented to one of the Phd student project presentations.

Programme Day 1

Conflict driven Antibiotic resistance – using a One Health approach

The global impact of armed conflict, war, and forced migration is not limited to the loss of life, infrastructure (healthcare facilities, roads), and property. Conflicts and war affect the long-term health and well-being of communities. Refugees, those internally displaced, and citizens caught in conflict not only struggle with immediate ill health outcomes such as

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Army tank in conflict zone (Photo: Pixabay)

war wounds and diarrheal diseases in children, but are also exposed to antimicrobial resistant (AMR) microbes. In addition to well-known drivers of AMR such as misuse of antibiotics, resistance is also propagated through the collapse of the health system, and through the exposure of people to contaminants of war in the environment. In fact, these mechanisms may drive the development of AMR not just in the immediate conflict zones and its vicinity, but also in the region at large and in places far from the sites of war and conflict, and long after the shooting ends.

On-going and or repeated warfare destroys infrastructure, and in addition, war chemicals spill over into the human, animal, and environmental ecosystem. Therefore, we argue that an integrated “One Health” approach is needed to analyze the challenges associated with AMR arising from conflicts in multiple locations. This implies analyzing the issue from an integrated human, animal, and environmental point of view.

The conference will bring together scholars and practitioners from clinical practice , humanities, social sciences, public health and engineering, from across the world, to identify the challenges associated with conflict driven development and spread of AMR, and what a One Health approach may be able to accomplish in these complex and dynamic environments.

Inspiration Day 1 Program: 

Moderator: Anne Kveim Lie - Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine and Global Health, University of Oslo (UiO)




08:30 Coffee and mingling  
Health in Conflict - Setting the Scene
08:50 Welcome Andrea S. Winkler - Director, Centre for Global Health & Professor, Department of Community Medicine and Global Health, University of Oslo (UiO)
Keynote Speaker
9:00 The Big Picture: War, Resistance and Ecology of War Omar Al-Dewachi - MD.,PhD, Associate Professor, Medical Anthrolpology, Rutgers University 

AMR in Conflict: A One Health Approach. The example of Syria

9:30 AMR and Conflict: a surgeon's view Ghassan Abu-Sittah - Head of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the American University of Beirut Medical Centre and the Co-director of the Conflict Medicine Program at the Global Health Institute at the American university of Beirut 


Experiences from Treating  War-related and Other Injuries with Multiresistant Bacteria in Mosul and Gaza

Øyunn HolenMedicins Sans Frontiers
10:15 Coffee break  


The Biology of Conflict-Driven Resistance

Nabil Karah - MD., PhD. The Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS) Department of Molecular Biology, Umea University


Panel and Q&A, moderated by Noor Khan, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

11:45 Lunch  
Health in Conflict - the broader picture
12:30 The Growing Problem and Negligence of Infectious Diseases in Humanitarian Crises Debarati Guha-Sapir - Director of Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) and Professor at the University of Louvain School of Public Health, Brussels, Belgium

Health Consequences of Armed Conflict – Implications for Sustainable Development

Scott Gates - Professor of Political Science at UiO, Research Professor at the Peace Research institute Oslo (PRIO), Editor of the International Area Studies Review and of the Journal of Peace Research


Panel and Q&A, moderated by Muhammad Zaman

14:00 Wrapping up Muhammad Zaman

Programme Day 2

Signatory Themes and PhD student presentations on research projects

Global Health Inspiration Day 2 is designed for students, faculty and visiting scholars who are interested in Global Health research. We will present the three winners of the RELIGHT – Research ExceLlence and Innovation in Global HealTh call for 2019.

This event is a showcase for the research, training and outreach in Global Health being undertaken across the University of Oslo. We  feature the rich diversity of Global Health work being done within the different Signatory Themes across various departments at UiO and give an update of the state of affairs within the different areas of Global Health research. We will hear recent info and news pertaining to the various work, along with some of our PhD students showcasing their current projects. 

Inspiration Day 2 Program:

Moderator: Andrea S. Winkler - Director, Centre for Global Health (CGH) & Professor, Department of Community Medicine and Global Health, University of Oslo (UiO)


Signatory Theme & Title


8:30 Coffee & mingling  
9:00 Welcome Andrea S. Winkler 

Keynote address - Iraqibacter: War and the Biology of History


Omar Al-Dewachi - MDPhD, Associate Professor, Medical Anthrolpology, Rutgers University 
9:40 Q&A
9:45 Signatory Theme: Global Nutrition - "Obesity Prevention - Moving Upstream to a Systems Approach" Nanna Lien -Professor, Institute of Basic Medical Sciecnes, UiO
10:05 Q&A
10:10 Signatory Theme: Non-communicable Diseases - "Urbanization is NOT Anymore One of the Most Important Drivers of the Global Rise in Obesity" Espen Bjertness -Professor, Department of Community Medicine and Global Health, UiO
10:30 Q&A
10:35 Coffee break
10:55 Signatory Theme: Health Systems and Global Governance - "This Year and Next Week in Health Systems and Global Governance" Trygve Ottersen - Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine and Global Health, UiO
11:15 Q&A
11:20 Signatory Theme: Global Paediatrics - "Education and Training Intervention Effect on Air Leaks and Cerebral Bleeding in a Newborn Cohort in Botswana" Britt Nakstad - Professor, Division of Medicine and Laboratory Sciences, Institute of Clinical Medicine, UiO
11:40 Q&A
11:45 Signatory Theme: Global Migrant Health - "Iodine and Vitamin D: A Common Challenge in Immigrant Health" Ahmed Ali Madar - Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine and Global Health, UiO
12:05 Q&A
12:10 Lunch
12:50 Phd presentation: "Pharmaceurical Medicines and Medical Plants Use and Related Problems Among Pregnant Women in Ethiopia" Seid Mussa Ahmed - PhD student, Department of Community Medicine and Global Health and Department of Pharmacy, UiO

Phd presentation: "Closing Gaps in Maternity Care to Recent Migrant Women in Norway: a study to assess women's experiences"

Sukhjeet Bains - 

PhD student, Norwegian Advisory Board for Women’s Health, Department of Women, Oslo University Hospital, HELSAM, UiO

13:10 Phd presentation: "Exploring childhood hydrocephalus- A qualitative study on treatment pathways and quality of care for children with hydrocephalus in the region of Blantyre, Malawi" Camilla Aukrust - PhD student at UiO, Signatory Theme leader of Global Surgery and Anaesthesia, CGH at UiO


13:20 Signatory Theme: Global Surgery and Anaesthetics - "Balancing Priorities in Global Surgery: How Essential is Specialized Surgery" Patrick Kamalo, Chief Specialist in Neurosurgery with the Ministry of Health, at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi & founder of the Blantyre Institute of Neurological Sciences 
13:50 Q&A
14:00 Signatory Theme: Contemporary History and Anthropology - "Where There is No Health Post: Cultural Sensitive Maternal and Newborn Health Interventions in the High Himalayas of Nepal" Heidi Fjeld - Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine and Global Health, UiO
14:25 Coffee break
14:40 RELIGHT Program Introduction and Announcement of the Selected Winners Andrea S. Winkler 
14:45 RELIGHT Project: "The Child Nutrition and Development (CHNUDEV) Project in Rural Uganda:  Exploring the Sustainability of a Maternal Education Intervention" Introduction by project member, Prudence Atukunda- PhD student and Psychologist, Makerere University, Uganda
15:00 RELIGHT Project: "The Politics of Global Health Security" Introduction by project team, Katerini Storeng - Associate Professor, Sonja Kittelsen - Guest researcher, Antoine de Bengy Puyvallée - Doctoral Research fellow at Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM), UiO

RELIGHT Project: "Digital Health Promotion in the Global South – (ProDHP)"

Introduction by project member, Christine Holst - Doctoral Research Fellow - Department of Community Medicine and Global Health, UiO
15:30 Announcement of PhD presentation winner and ending remarks


Centre for Global Health, Boston University (Inspiration Day 1) and PRIO – Peace Research Institute Oslo (Inspiration Day 1)

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