New research school in Global Health – join here!

Are you a PhD Candidate?
Do you have a research project in global health?

September 1st a new national research school in Global Health is launched.
As a member you can get access to:

  • relevant PhD courses
  • our annual PhD Conference
  • grants to participate in courses and conferences, nationally and internationally
  • a network of researchers in Global Health

Visit our website to find out more about what we offer and how to become a member:

Er du ph.d.- kandidat?
Har du et prosjekt med problemstilling innenfor global helse?

1. september lanseres en ny forskerskole i global helse.
Som medlem får du tilgang til:

  • relevante doktorgradskurs ved alle norske universitet
  • årlig ph.d. konferanse
  • stipend for å delta på kurs og konferanser, nasjonal og internasjonalt
  • å møte andre forskere innen global helse

Besøk vår nettside for å finne ut mer om forskerskolen og hvordan du blir medlem:


Recruiting participants for a WHO research prioritization process

Submissions open until 10 August 2016

Submit to:

WHO’s Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and partners are conducting a research prioritization process on social, behavioural and community engagement interventions (SBCE) for maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH).

Social, behavioural and community engagement interventions are crucial for achieving the objectives of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescent’s Health (2016–2030). However, there is still much that needs to be learned about which social, behavioural and community engagement interventions will have the desired impact and how they can best be implemented. Identifying the research that is most needed will help to direct future research so that it can fill the relevant knowledge gaps. We are asking individuals to help us identify top research needs for SBCE interventions in one of the following domains: maternal, newborn or child health. The period for submission of research needs will remain open until 10 August 2016.

If you would like to participate, please contact us at and indicate your field of expertise—maternal, newborn or child, and your main activity: research or programme implementation. We will select participants according to participant recruitment criteria and quotas. If selected, we would then write to you to ask you to suggest the top 3 research needs in your area of expertise, and request generic information (organization affiliation, sex and country(ries) where you work) in a response box via email. Following the close of the period for submission, we will organize the responses received and contact you again via email to ask you to score the submitted research needs through an online survey. All names will be removed from the responses in the analysis and final report.

This research prioritization process is a collaboration between the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Norwegian Agency for International Development (NORAD), the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) and the National Institute of Health (NIH).

Public consultation on the second EDCTP programme in 2014-2016

Public consultation on the second EDCTP programme in 2014-2016

A public consultation regarding ‘the implementation of the Second European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership Programme (EDCTP2) during the period 2014-2016’ was opened by the European Commission (EC) on 29 June 2016. It will close on 15 October 2016.

The consultation is open to all. Contributions from stakeholders and experts active in the field of clinical trials are particularly invited. An analysis of results will be published in February 2017. The views and opinions of stakeholders, experts active in the field and the wider public will contribute to the interim evaluation of the EDCTP2 programme. The interim evaluation is carried out by the EC with the assistance of independent experts. Interim evaluations are part of the monitoring of the programmes the European Union decided to support. Decision Nr 556/2014/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014 on the participation of the European Union in EDCTP2 stipulates (art. 34) that the EC should conduct interim evaluations of the programme.

The objective of this interim evaluation is “to assess the implementation of the EDCTP2 programme up to the present moment; to judge how recommendations from previous evaluations have been implemented; and to provide an outlook on what can be expected from EDCTP2 in the future”.

All information on the public consultation can be found on the website of the European Commission.

Conference: Norwegian Global Health Networks with Impact, Bergen 20-21 April 2016


On behalf of the Norwegian Forum for Global Health Research and Norwegian Network for Health and Development (NHU) we are pleased to welcome you to the conference “Norwegian Global Health Networks with Impact” in Bergen, Norway. The conference is the first one which is organized as a co-operation between these two networks. Hosts for the conference are the Centre for International Health, University of Bergen and the Department of International Collaboration, Haukeland University Hospital.

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We invite clinicians, scientists and students who work with global health issues here in Norway. Also, students/scientists and clinicians from other countries who are temporary located in Norway are welcome.

The main aim of the conference is to create a scientific and clinical arena for discussion of global health issues in Norway. We will improve the co-operation of our two networks. We want to improve the standards of this type of work and improve co-operation and networking between persons and institutions who are engaged in these topics. All topics related to health and development are welcome!

We hope that the knowledge gained and discussed during these days in Bergen will be of importance in our common aim; to improve health in the world. It is also our hope that new and good relationships will be established between the participants. Co-operation is important, not only for the research and clinical work itself, but also for the removal of borders between persons and nations.

Conference dates:
Wednesday 20/4 2016 – Joint meeting NHU and the Forum in The University Aula, Museplassen 3 (
Thursday 21/4 2016 –  Separate meetings Forum and NHU

Programme, conference guide and abstract booklet (PDF)

For registration, please use this link.

Free online courses at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine runs a number of free online courses and their course on Ebola was undertaken at the height of the crisis by 21,000 people, many in Western Africa. The school is very keen to reach a wide audience and wants to let you know about their courses in nutrition, maternal and child health, and global blindness.

Have a look at their website here:

Heisearbeider i Sierra Leone. Foto: Magnus Endal

– Fra ebola til fedme – hvordan møte nye globale helseutfordringer?

NTNU arrangerte sin globale helsedag for sjette året på rad den 21. oktober 2015.

Dagen var et samarbeid mellom Det Medisinske Fakultet, NTNTU, St. Olavs Hospital og Høgskolen i Sør-Trøndelag (HiST). I år var det hele 360 påmeldte!

Seniorkonsulent ved Forskningsseksjonen ved Det medisinske fakultet, Maria Henningsen, blogger om programmet og dagen her. 

Forskningsrådet og Forum for global helseforskning bidro med finansiell støtte til denne fagdagen.

Foto: Heisearbeider i Sierra Leone. Fotograf: Magnus Endal

Boston meeting – Essential Medicines Policies

The Lancet Youth Commission on Essential Medicines Policies (YCEMP) held its first meeting July 24th-26th 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts, with 15 of the 17 youth commissioners in attendance.

Over three days the group met with a number of experts. The first day saw a discussion with Prof. Anita Wagner, Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Dr. Warren Kaplan, Assistant Professor in the BUSPH Department of Global Health, who both advised on the Youth Commission’s work. We were also visited by Nicola Magrini, Secretary of the WHO Expert Committee on Essential Medicines, and Dr. Richard Laing, a professor at the BUSPH Department of Global Health. The commissioners and experts had a candid discussion on the landscape of essential medicines, the recently updated WHO Essential Medicines List, and the changing definition of “essential medicines”.

Each of the Youth Commission’s four working groups presented their wide-ranging initial analysis and recommendations, covering the definition of essential medicines; intersections between essential medicines policies and trade, intellectual property, and innovation; and, system-based strategies for equitable worldwide access. The role and contribution of the Youth Commission was also debated, with the aim to present usable recommendations to improve the development, delivery and use of essential medicines. The Youth Commission intends to focus its work through a youth lens and the health issues of the future, and is planning an online consultation to engage global discussion. Finally, processes were developed for teamwork, agreement and production of the report.

Creation of a Youth Commission on Essential Medicines Policies reflects the vital importance of involving young people in decision-making, particularly given the vast numbers of people under 30 in the developing world who will be most affected by EMP over the next twenty years. The Youth Commission hopes to highlight the major challenges around access to essential medicines – especially for the most vulnerable and marginalized children, adolescents and young adults in the world – and propose new and ambitious recommendations to achieve health for all.

Special thanks are due to our funders the Norwegian Forum for Global Health Research, the Norwegian Agency for Aid and Development, and the University of Bergen; the Process Group (Anna Rasmussen and Kristine Onarheim) and Secretariat (Johanne Iversen and Arwin Timmermans) in organising the meeting; and our hosts the Department of Global Health at the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH).

To get involved follow YCEMP on Facebook (, Twitter (@Lancet_YCEMP) or contact them through the webpage (

New Open Access Journal: BMJ Global Health

As an online-only Open Access journal, British Medical Journal’s Global Health aims to help achieve a world in which every person and country has access to the information about health, health care and social determinants of health that they need to protect their own health and the health of the people for whom they take responsibility. They will publish content that is relevant to everyone involved in global health – global, national and sub-national policy makers, funders, researchers, clinicians and, crucially, frontline health care workers and managers.

Have a look, and read the introductory editorial by the Editor-in-Chief, Seye Abimbola, to find out more:

Did you miss the 2015 GLOBVAC Conference?

Did you miss out on the GLOBVAC conference (16 – 18 March 2015)? Videos and presentations from all key notes and symposia speakers are now available on the GLOBVAC conference website.

We also present a few pictures from the conference below.
(All photos © Thorkild Tylleskär)