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Maternal mortality in Gambia reduced by half

Long-term research collaborations with the University of Oslo have contributed to improved health outcomes in Gambia.

Low status: Women use the health services in Gambia, but their needs are not meet. They have never experienced good public health services, and therefore don’t know what to demand. Here women are waiting to be treated outside one of the rural hospitals in Gambia. Photo: Camilla Smaadal

Lasting research collaboration

The maternal mortality in Gambia has been reduced by half the last 14 years. Apollon has published an article on how the continuing research collaboration with the University of Oslo has contributed to improved health outcomes by identifying weaknesses in the health system, infrastructure and various issues that relates to women’s reproductive health.

Different from providing aid

Gynecologist and Professor of Community Medicine at the University of Oslo Johanne Sundby has been part of the lasting scientific friendship and research exchange between Norway and Gambia since 1993. She says she has observed noticeable improvements in the conditions in the country over the last twenty years. Sundby emphasizes the significance of local capacity building and collaborating with Gambians as equal partners.

Read the full article (in Norwegian) by Camilla Smaadal.

Published Aug. 22, 2014 8:20 PM - Last modified Oct. 1, 2014 3:31 PM