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About me

I lecture in Sexual and Reproductive Health with a focus on Female Genital Mutilation and am a member of research group Global Health, HIV and SRHR, at the Department of Public Health Sciences


• PhD Medical Science, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden (2013) • MSc Systems Engineering Southbank University, London, England (1989) • Postgraduate Diploma in Business Studies, London School of Economics, England (1985) • Bachelor of Science, Aberdeen University, Scotland (1983)

Research description

Owolabi’s research which has focused on FGM in Sierra Leone has provided evidence on short term complications from FGM/C, observed FGM types as well as insights into the process of decision making for FGM. She was part of team that developed the national strategy for FGM reduction and has also written on the impact of the Ebola Virus Disease on the practice. She has worked as an Advisor to the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) on FGM, as Technical Consultant on the Daphne Project for the development of National Action Plans against FGM across 15 European countries. She has also been involved in evaluating programmes which addressed FGM and Early, Forced, and Marriage by Abduction in African countries: Ghana, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Somaliland and the Sudan, Somaliland. Dr. Owolabi Bjälkander received her PhD from, and is an affiliate of, Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden and is a lecturer at the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, University of Sierra Leone.


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