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The 10th Conference on Global Health and Vaccination Research

The 10th Conference on Global Health and Vaccination Research took place in Trondheim 14-15 March 2017. The host of this year's conference was the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). A student conference was held on 13 March.

To watch live videos from the plenum sessions at the 2017 GLOBVAC conference click here! 

Presentations from the symposia will be available within a few days.

Main documents for the GLOBVAC conference 2017;

Conference Programme PDF - 615 KB

Book of symposia PDF - 641 KB

Posterlist and abstracts PDF - 9,6 MB

Student conference programme PDF - 399 KB

Official opening
The conference was officially opened Monday 13 March 08:00 p.m. with the art exhibition <Immune Nations> at Gallery KiT, Trondheim Academy of Fine Arts.

Opening addresses was given by; 

  • Gunnar Bovim, Rector, NTNU
  • John-Arne Røttingen, Director General, Research Council of Norway 
  • Florian Schneider, Head of Department and Jacob Jessen, Professor, Trondheim Academy of Fine Art

Introduction to the exhibition and the Vaccine Project:           

  • Steven Hoffman, Associate Professor, University of Ottawa, Canada         

The GLOBVAC conference
The title of the conference was Ensuring healthy lives for all. The conference presented Norwegian and international research on global health in light of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The GLOBVAC conference is a meeting place for Norwegian and international researchers, students, health professionals, policy makers, representatives from biotech, and others with an interest in global health. It is an arena for presentations and discussions on current subjects on research for improved health in low- and lower-middle income countries and of relevance for Norwegian research environments. The conference remains the main platform and meeting place for all GLOBVAC supported research projects within all the thematic areas of the programme.

The 2017 conference was organized in four parallel sessions:

   1. Inequity, unfinished agendas and the SDGs
   2. Innovative approaches to improve health for all
   3. Interaction, collaboration and new partnerships to ensure healthy lives for all
   4. Implementation and impact; achieving the SDGs
 

Beautiful Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim where the participants was invited to an exclusive organ concert. (Photo: Edelpix)

Key note speakers

Address

Paul Richard Fife was in January 2017 appointed Director for Education and Global Health in Norad - the Norwegian Directorate for Development Cooperation. His responsibilities include contributing to Norway’s leadership role in global health and education and ensuring effective Norwegian aid investments in these areas. Prior to this, he was in charge of strategy and special projects in the Office of the Director-General. He has in previous periods as Head of health, education and research, represented Norway on several international Boards and committees, including the Gavi Alliance and the Global Partnership for Education. From 1995-2003, Mr. Fife served with Unicef in Eritrea, Cambodia and at headquarters in New York. A Norwegian national, he is a medical doctor and holds a master’s degree in Public Policy and Management.

Ensuring healthy lives for all? From MDGs to SDGs

  • Flemming Konradsen, professor of international environmental health at the University of Copenhagen, has more than twenty years of research and programming experience in the field of environmental health and global health. He is also the director of the Copenhagen School of Global Health. Professor Konradsen focuses his research on human health related to water supply, sanitation and hygiene; acute pesticide poisoning; and control of vector borne diseases in Asia, Africa and Europe. Professor Konradsen is responsible for a number of programs aimed at building research capacity at university level in Asia and Africa and has significant involvement with educational programs in East Africa, South Asia and the Nordic region. Flemming Konradsen has worked for international research organisations, universities, development NGOs and national research organizations.
     
  • Dr Douglas Lungu's most recent position is as Hospital Director and Chief Surgical Specialist of Daeyang Luke Hospital a 270 bed faith based hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi and is also the Vice Chancellor of the newly established Daeyang University and leads the team that is in the process of setting up the second medical School in Malawi. Prior to joining Daeyang Luke Hospital he served in the Malawi government Ministry of Health as Director of Clinical Services.

    Dr Lungu is also the president of the Malawi Society of Medical Doctors. He is a founding member of Wezi Health Support Services Trust, a trust dedicated to helping rural communities think about their health and supporting District Health Officers on how to manage district health resources and seeking alternative ways of health financing in Malawi.

    Dr Lungu is a graduate of the University of Malawi, University of St Andrews, Scotland and University of Cape Town, South Africa and a husband and a father of two.
     
  • Betty Kirkwood unfortunately had to cancel her presentation and was replaced by Thorkild Tylleskär who held a presentation titled "SDGs and child health".

Accessible health services and resilient health systems

  • Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda is the World YWCA General Secretary. She is a trained human rights lawyer with extensive experience in conflict resolution and mediation. For some twenty years, she has been working on issues of women and children’s human rights, with a special focus on crisis countries. Active in the women’s movement, she has more specifically focused on issues of violence against women, peace with justice, property rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights and HIV and AIDS. She is current chair of CIVICUS, and Rozaria Memorial Trust, and serves on the Advisory Committee for Girls Not Brides. She is the first President from the global south to serve on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women. She was appointed a member of the High Level Group on HIV Prevention and Sexual Health for Young People in Eastern and Southern Africa by the United Nations; following her service as a member of the UN Commission on Information and Accountability on Women and Children’s Health.
     
  • Dr. Anne-Beatrice Kihara is a Senior Lecturer, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology University of Nairobi and Consultant Gynecologist Kenyatta National Hospital in Kenya. Her areas of interest include Policy in SRHR, Maternal Fetal Medicine and communicable diseases. She is the Vice President of the African Federation of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Chairperson of the Kenya Obstetrical and Gynecological Society.
     
  • Andy Leather is Director of the King’s Centre for Global Health and Health Partners, at King’s College London. He is a Senior Lecturer in Global Health and Surgery at KCL and was co-chair of the Lancet Commission in Global Surgery. In 2000, he started to develop a health partnership in post-conflict Somaliland. This work subsequently developed into a broad health system strengthening program. Andy now also oversees work in Sierra Leone and Democratic Republic of Congo.

Working together to ensure healthy lives for all - multisectoral collaborations and partnerships

  • Dr Ole F. Olesen joined the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) in September 2013 as Director of North-North Cooperation. He studied at the universities of Aarhus, Denmark and Cambridge, UK, as well as at Copenhagen Business School, and holds a Masters and PhD degree in Molecular Biology and an HD degree in international economics. He has considerable work experience in conducting and managing large international projects on pharmaceutical product development. Dr Olesen worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 10 years, initially as an international project manager and later in the position of Global Project Director. He also worked as assistant professor in pharmacology at Copenhagen University. Before joining EDCTP, Dr Olesen was Principal Scientific Officer for Global Health at the European Commission's Directorate-General for Research & Innovation, where he was responsible for research in neglected infectious diseases and for vaccine research activities.
     
  • Halvor Sommerfelt is Professor of epidemiology and global health at the Centre for International Health (Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, University of Bergen), where he leads the Centre for Intervention Science in Maternal and Child Health CISMAC (www.cismac.org). He also holds a 20% senior consultant position at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo. The CISMAC consortium consists of several institutions and scientists in Asia and Africa. It develops and estimates the effect of interventions to enhance maternal, neonatal and child health and survival, and child development in low and middle income countries.
     
  • Victoria Nankabirwa is a senior lecturer in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Makerere University and a researcher at the Center for International Health, University of Bergen.  She holds a doctorate degree (PhD) from the University of Bergen. In the past, she has worked at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) as a researcher, at ICAP, Columbia University, New York as an analyst, and at Nsambya and Mulago hospitals as a doctor. Her research and interests lie in the fields of maternal and child health, perinatal epidemiology, vaccination, core epidemiologic methods, randomized controlled trials and implementation research.
     
  • Professor Paul Fenton started in engineering but made a career move to Guy’s Hospital Medical School, London, MBBS 1975, and DTM&H at the London School of Tropical Medicine then went to the New Hebrides (now Vanuatu). Specialised in anaesthesia in London then relocated, now with wife and three children to Malawi, Africa joining newly formed Malawi College of Medicine professor of Anaesthesia. Founded the Malawi School of anaesthesia in 1987 which is still training anaesthetists under local management in 2017 and for the last 30 years has provided the entire service of anaesthesia for the country.

    Published numerous papers on anaesthesia issues in developing countries, especially concerning maternal mortality, outcomes, breathing systems and making low cost anaesthesia machines for low income countries. Awarded the Pask Certificate by the AAGBI in 1998 and the Jubilee Medal by the Royal College of Anaesthetists in 2004. Inventor of the Universal Anaesthesia Machine used in 24 countries worldwide, 18 in Africa.

Poster sessions
There were three poster sessions during the conference. The two best posters were selected for first and second prize. Both research quality and poster lay out, as well as dissemination quality was important criteria for the committee when deciding the winner.              

The art exhibition
The past several years have witnessed extremely heated and polarized international public debate on vaccines, ranging from questions related to their safety to their unacceptably high price in many of the world’s poorest countries. <Immune Nations>, an evidence-based art exhibition about the constructive role that art can play in global political discourse around life-saving vaccines, brings attention to these debates and the often complex emotional states that surround them. The outcome of a three-year interdisciplinary and international collaborative research project, the exhibition highlights the work of researchers and visual artists aiming to constructively reframe current discourses surrounding vaccines, identify the limitations of existing approaches, and combine art with research evidence to strategize creative ways of promoting universal vaccination.

The exhibition premiered at Galleri KiT, Trondheim Academy of Fine Arts, in Norway in March 2017, and will travel to UNAIDS headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland in May 2017 to coincide with the World Health Assembly. The exhibition opening at Galleri KiT on March 13, invited the visitors to participate in an augmented reality project, Shadowpox.

More information:

The exhibition program PDF - 3,3 MB

Exhibition poster PDF - 1,9 MB

The Vaccine Project

The conference was officially opened with the art exhibition <Immune Nations> at Gallery KiT. Illustration: Kaisu Koski, Injection Stimulator, 2015.

Other information
Medical doctors will get course accreditation for participation at the GLOBVAC conference as specified: 10 hours for continued specialist training in internal medicine and 10 hours as optional course for medical doctors in specialist training and for continued specialist training in child diseases. Please contact the Norwegian Medical Association about this.

Student conference
The 2017 GLOBVAC Student Conference addressed the gap between published scientific evidence, and what is actually done and practiced in society. The students chose three topics; mental health, methods, and equality to examine this issue more closely. The student conference was held at NTNU March 13th, and was free and open to all.

The student conference programme PDF - 399 KB

The concept note PDF - 86 KB

The conference venue
The conference was held at Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel.

The conference is a joint initiative between seven actors involved with Global Health Research in Norway:

 

Written by:
Karine Kålsås and Wenche Dageid
Published:
29.06.2016
Last updated:
05.05.2017