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About me

Associate Professor in International Health at the Equity & Health Policy Research Group at the Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institutet. 

Also the Programme Director for Masters in Global Health and the Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Public Health in Disasters.


  • MD degree from Somali National University, Mogadishu, Somalia.
  • Masters of Medical Sciences (Mr. Med. Sc) in Immunology of Infectious Diseases from Karolinska Institutet.
  • PhD in Immunology from Stockholm University. 

Research description

Current area of research includes

  • HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis,
  • Behaviour aspects of vaccine trials in low -income countries,
  • Migration and Health.

Has experience of working in different parts of Africa including Somalia, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda.

Teaching portfolio

I am a senior lecturer that has extensive experience in Global Health education and played key role in developing global health courses offered at IHCAR to full programmes both at master level (Master in Global health) and PhD level (World Health Programme).  Have been part of the team that established one of the first research schools with focus on global health for PhD students, The Research School for Global Health a unique collaboration between Umeå University and Karolinska Institutet.



A better start for health equity? Qualitative content analysis of implementation of extended postnatal home visiting in a disadvantaged area in Sweden
Barboza M, Kulane A, Burström B, Marttila A
International journal for equity in health 2018;17(1):42-

'Valuable but incomplete!' A qualitative study about migrants' perspective on health examinations in Stockholm
Shedrawy J, Lönnroth K, Kulane A
International health 2018;10(3):191-196

Access to HIV Care and Resilience in a Long-Term Conflict Setting: A Qualitative Assessment of the Experiences of Living with Diagnosed HIV in Mogadishu, Somali
Kulane A, Owuor Joa, Sematimba D, Abdulahi Sa, Yusuf Hm, Mohamed Lm
International journal of environmental research and public health 2017;14(7):-

Practising proportionate universalism - a study protocol of an extended postnatal home visiting programme in a disadvantaged area in Stockholm, Sweden
Burström B, Marttila A, Kulane A, Lindberg L, Burström K
BMC health services research 2017;17(1):91-

Health in a fragile state: a five-year review of mortality patterns and trends at Somalia's Banadir Hospital
Kulane A, Sematimba D, Mohamed Lm, Ali Ah, Lu X
International journal of general medicine 2016;9():303-10

Motivations to participate in a Phase I/II HIV vaccine trial: A descriptive study from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Tarimo Ea, Bakari M, Kakoko Dc, Kohi Tw, Mhalu F, Sandstrom E, et al
BMC public health 2016;16():182-

The Influence of Community Members on Participation by Youth in an HIV Vaccine Trial in Tanzania
Mbunda T, Tarimo Ea, Chalamilla G, Bakari M, Sandström E, Kulane A
PloS one 2016;11(12):e0168660-

Chronic diseases among the elderly in a rural Vietnam: prevalence, associated socio-demographic factors and healthcare expenditures
Mwangi J, Kulane A, Van Hoi L
International journal for equity in health 2015;14():134-

Commentary to: Guide to tailoring immunization programmes in the WHO European Region
Van Damme P, Lindstrand A, Kulane A, Kunchev A
Vaccine 2015;33(36):4385-6

Healing the health system after civil unrest
Somali-swedish Action Grp Hlth, Ivarsson A, Kinsman J, Johansson K, Mohamud Kb, Weinehall L, et al

Motivations and concerns about adolescent tuberculosis vaccine trial participation in rural Uganda: a qualitative study
Buregyeya E, Kulane A, Kiguli J, Musoke P, Mayanja H, Mitchell Em
The Pan African medical journal 2015;22():76-

Factors that influence the willingness of young adults in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to participate in phase I/II HIV vaccine trials
Mbunda T, Bakari M, Tarimo Ea, Sandstrom E, Kulane A
Global health action 2014;7():22853-

Factors that Influence the Willingness of Young Adults to Participate in Early Vaccine Trials and Contraceptive Practices in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Mbunda T, Bakari M, Tarimo E, Sandstrom E, Kulane A

A qualitative study of perceived risk for HIV transmission among police officers in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Tarimo Eam, Kohi Tw, Bakari M, Kulane A

Health system capacity: maternal health policy implementation in the state of Gujarat, India
Sanneving L, Kulane A, Iyer A, Ahgren B
Global health action 2013;6():1-8

A qualitative evaluation of volunteers' experiences in a phase I/II HIV vaccine trial in Tanzania
Tarimo Ea, Thorson A, Kohi Tw, Bakari M, Sandstrom E, Mhalu F, et al
BMC infectious diseases 2011;11():283-

Community perceptions of tuberculosis: A qualitative exploration from a gender perspective
Karim F, Johansson E, Diwan Vk, Kulane A
PUBLIC HEALTH 2011;125(2):84-9

Maternal and fetal angiotensin-converting enzyme gene insertion/deletion polymorphism not associated with pregnancy-induced hypertension in Chinese women
Yan Wr, Kulane A, Xiang P, Li Zw, Di Hh, Nie Sf

Reasons for Declining to Enoll in a Phase I and II HIV Vaccine Trial after Randomization among Eligible Volunteers in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Tarimo Eam, Thorson A, Kohi Tw, Bakari M, Mhalu F, Kulane A
PLOS ONE 2011;6(2):e14619-

To use or not to use a condom: A prospective cohort study comparing contraceptive practices among HIV-infected and HIV-negative youth in Uganda
Beyeza-kashesya J, Kaharuza F, Ekstrom Am, Neema S, Kulane A, Mirembe F

Tuberculosis knowledge, attitudes and health-seeking behaviour in rural Uganda
Buregyeya E, Kulane A, Colebunders R, Wajja A, Kiguli J, Mayanja H, et al

Balancing collective responsibility, individual opportunities and risks: a qualitative study on how police officers reason around volunteering in an HIV vaccine trial in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Tarimo Eam, Thorson A, Kohi Tw, Mwami J, Bakari M, Sandstrom E, et al

"It is more than the issue of taking tablets": The interplay between migration policies and TB control in Sweden
Kulane A, Ahlberg Bm, Berggren I
HEALTH POLICY 2010;97(1):26-31

My partner wants a child: A cross-sectional study of the determinants of the desire for children among mutually disclosed sero-discordant couples receiving care in Uganda
Beyeza-kashesya J, Ekstrom Am, Kaharuza F, Mirembe F, Neema S, Kulane A

"Not a boy, not a child": A qualitative study on young people's views on childbearing in Uganda
Beyeza-kashesy J, Neema S, Ekstrom Am, Kaharuza F, Mirembe F, Kulane A
African journal of reproductive health 2010;14(1):71-81

[Tuberculosis in Somalia with consequences in Sweden]
Winstrand A, Kulane A, Von Schreeb J
Lakartidningen 2010;107(51-52):3279-81

Knowledge and attitude on maternal health care among rural-to-urban migrant women in Shanghai, China
Zhao Q, Kulane A, Gao Y, Xu B
BMC women's health 2009;9():5-

The dilemma of safe sex and having children: challenges facing HIV sero-discordant couples in Uganda
Beyeza-kashesya J, Kaharuza F, Mirembe F, Neema S, Ekstrom Am, Kulane A

Trends and determinants of under-five mortality in Uganda
Ayiko R, Antai D, Kulane A
East African journal of public health 2009;6(2):136-40

Willingness to volunteer in a Phase I/II HIV vaccine trial: a study among police officers in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Tarimo Ea, Thorson A, Bakari M, Mwami J, Sandström E, Kulane A
Global health action 2009;2():-

Human immune responses to the highly repetitive Plasmodium falciparum antigen Pf332
Kulane A, Siddique Ab, Sarthou Jl, Tall A, Dieye A, Perlmann H, et al

T- and B-cell responses of malaria immune individuals to synthetic peptides corresponding to non-repeat sequences in the N-terminal region of the Plasmodium falciparum antigen Pf155/RESA
Kulane A, Siddique Ab, Perlmann H, Ahlborg N, Roussilhon C, Tall A, et al
ACTA TROPICA 1997;68(1):37-51

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