Helena Hildenwall

Helena Hildenwall

Affiliated to Research | Docent
Visiting address: Tomtebodavägen 18A, 17177 Stockholm
Postal address: K9 Global folkhälsa, K9 GPH Alfvén, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • I have been working in the field of global child health since 2004. I did my
    PhD on the management of pediatric pneumonia symptoms in Uganda (Kampala and
    Iganga/Mayuge) and my postdoc on causes of non-malarial febrile illness with
    Joint Malaria Programme and London School of Tropical Medicine and
    Hygiene in Tanzania (Muheza).
    I am the principal investigator of the SugarFACT study [1] - a clinical
    trial at two hospitals in Malawi with Malawi College of Medicine [2] as a
    collaborator, to determine the mortality impact of a changed treatment cut
    off level for hypoglycemia in pediatric emergencies. Associated studies
    involve factors associated with pediatric dysglycemia and facility emergency
    management practises. I am a pediatric doctor and a clinical research fellow
    at Astrid Lindgren Children's hospital [3] in Stockholm. I am also a
    researcher and supervisor within the Makerere-Sweden [4] collaboration.
    * Medical Doctor Karolinska Institutet 2007
    * PhD Global Health Karolinska Institutet 2009, Thesis title: Beyond fever
    – Managing children with pneumonia symptoms in malaria endemic Uganda.
    ISBN 978-91-7409-272-1.
    * Postdoctoral research fellow at Joint Malaria Programme, Tanzania/London
    School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene /Karolinska Institutet, Sweden,
    * Resident in Paediatrics, Astrid Lindgren Children's Hospital 2012 - 2019
    * Clinical research fellow, Department of Public Health Science and Astrid
    Lindgren Children's Hospital, Karolinska Institutet/University Hospital,
    Stockholm, Sweden, 2015 - 2019
    * Visiting clinical research fellow, Department of Paediatrics, Queen
    Elisabeth Central Hospital, Malawi 2016-2017
    * Associate Professor in Global Health, 2018-
    * Paediatrician, 2019 -
    * Coordinator of regional partnership in child health between Stockholm
    Region, Sweden and Jinja City, Uganda 2021-
    [1] https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02989675
    [2] http://www.medcol.mw/
    [3] http://www.karolinska.se/for-patienter/astrid-lindgrens-barnsjukhus/
    [4] https://www.mak.ac.ug/research/makerere-sweden-research-cooperation


  • My PhD and postdoctoral work concentrated on the management and
    diagnostic issues of common childhood illnesses in sub-Saharan Africa
    and how the recent role out of rapid diagnostic tests for malaria influences
    the diagnosis and treatment of other causes of pediatric febrile illness.
    More recent interests, and the main focus of my
    current research, involve the quality of care and health facility
    emergency management of severely sick children in low-income countries.


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  • Affiliated to Research, Department of Global Public Health, Karolinska Institutet, 2023-2024

Degrees and Education

  • Docent, Karolinska Institutet, 2018
  • Degree Of Doctor Of Philosophy, Department of Global Public Health, Karolinska Institutet, 2009
  • University Medical Degree, Karolinska Institutet, 2007

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