HSP Latest news and events

The latest news from our group and our members.

March 2016

MOOC course "Introduction to Global Health” will launch March 31st

Join "Introduction to Global Health" on Twitter http://ow.ly/XPQGZ  and learn from the leading global health researchers at #KarolinskaInstitutet. Please follow the link for more information.

December 2015 

Seminar with Gino Strada, Right Livelihood Award Laureate 2015

Dr. Strada is an Italian war surgeon who co-founded EMERGENCY in 1994 to provide high quality, free medical and surgical assistance to the victims of war, landmines and poverty. He will present his experience of setting up an organization and providing emergency care in challenging contexts. The seminar will take place on December 1 from 15.00 to 16.30 in Hillarp Hall, Retzius väg 8, KI campus. Find out more here!

November 2015 

Health workforce governance in Europe

The collection of 17 articles in this Special Issue contributes to the emergent field of health workforce governance in Europe and to bring the health workforce challenges higher into the agenda of health policy and systems development both globally and locally. Read about it here! 

Martin Gerdin scheduled defense

Our PhD student Martin Gerdin will defend his thesis, titled "The risk of dying: Predicting trauma mortality in urban Indian hospitals", on November 27th at 09.00. The defense will take place in the Andreas Vezalius hall at Karolinska Institutet.

Tim Baker scheduled defense

Our PhD student Tim Baker will defend his thesis,  titled "Critical Care in Low Income Settings", on November 6th at 09.00. The defense will take place in the Nanna Svartz auditorium at Karolinska Univeristy Hospital.

 October 2015

War on Maternal Deaths in Busoga Hospitals

Our researcher Peter Waiswa has set up a center of Excellence for Maternal Newborn health in Uganda and surrounding region. See his declaration of war on maternal and newborn mortality in six hospitals in Eastern Uganda through the MaNeSCALE project. Read about it here! 

New freestanding course from the Centre for Research on Healthcare in Disasters

The Centre for Research on Healthcare in Disasters is now offering a course on Public Health Response in Disasters at KI. The course is 20 credits and runs from January 25 to April 22, 2016. The last day to sign up is October 15, 2015. Find out more information in this flyer. If you have questions, please contact Anneli Eriksson at anneli.eriksson@ki.se 

September 2015

Seminar with Lars Peter Nissen, director of ACAPs

The Centre for Research on Healthcare in Disasters will host a seminar on November 17, 2015, on needs assessments for humanitarian assistance in disasters. The speakers will include Lars Peter Nissen, the director of ACAPs. If you wish to attend, please email dell.saulnier@ki.se. 

April 2015

Results of the UNEST study published in a special issue

The results of the Uganda Newborn Study (UNEST) have just been published in a nine-article, special issue on Newborn Health in Uganda in the journal Global Health Action. The study was a community randomized trial which evaluated integrated care packages that linked homes, the health services, and village health teams. You can read a short overview of the study by the publisher and the key results here. The Gates Foundation also published a short article on the findings on their website. Congratulations to the many members of our group who worked on the study!

March 2015

Stefan Peterson appears on Swedish Radio to talk about KI-Makerere collaboration

Stefan Peterson apepared this week on the Swedish Radio program Vetandets värld to talk about the KI-Makerere collaboration on global health education and its benefit for everyone. You can read a short article and listen to the program here [in Swedish].

Martin Gerdin wins scholarship award

Congratulations to our PhD student Martin Gerdin who just won a scholarship award from the Swedish Society for Disaster Medicine for his work on trauma mortality predictors in India!

The SMART2D project officially launches

The SMART2D project successfully launched at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town during the second week of March. The project now looks forward to the next four years!

Sandeep Nerkar successfully defends his thesis

Sandeep Nerkar succesffully defended his thesis, titled "iWHAM - Integrated water, health and agriculture management: public health implications of integrated watershed management in a tribal area" on March 6th. Congratulations, Sandeep!

February 2015

HSP group has four KI-Makerere collaboration proposals accepted

The HSP group has just had 4 new proposals within the KI-Makerere collaboration accepted by Sida. The proposals include interventions for improved treatment of infectious diseases in children, maximizing the potential of the health and demographic surveillance site as a research platform, building critical capacity to tackle the rising Type 2 Diabetes challenge, and innovations for accelerating the reduction of maternal, newborn and child mortality. Congratulations to the applicants!

January 2015

Global Disaster Medicine conference coming in March

The Center for Research on Health Care in Disasters and the Svensk Katastrofmedicinsk Förening will be holding a two-day conference on March 25-26, 2015. It will focus on the Swedish response to the 2014/2015 ebola outbreak and the care of the injured in resource settings. You can register and download the schedule here. The last day to register is March 6.

Göran Tomson appears on Morgonpasset i P3

Göran Tomson appeared on the Swedish radio program Morgonpasset on January 8th to talk about the pharmaceutical industry and what diseases they are focusing on. You can listen to the program here [interview in Swedish].

December 2014

Göran Tomson given the Silver Medal from Heidelberg University

Göran Tomson was gifted the Silver Medal from Heidelberg University for his long and outstanding cooperation with the univeristy. Congratulations!

Johan von Schreeb awarded the Prince Carl medal


On December 16, the King of Sweden awared Johan von Schreeb the Prince Carl medal for his ongoing international humanitarian work, including his work with the current ebola outbreak.

Johan von Schreeb named Swede of the Year

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Johan von Schreeb of the HSP group was named Swede of the year by Fokus magazine for his work with the ebola crisis! You can read the news article here

November 2014

Recent thoughts from Göran Tomson

At the recent celebration of Göran Tomson's time as a professor here at the Department for Public Health Sciences, he gave a speech on his thoughts for the future of global health at KI. For those who were not able to attend the event, he has shared his speech. You can find it here.

Equity project receives funding from Forte

A project involving Göran Tomson (PI: Bo Burström) has just been granted funding from Forte. The study, "Equity Aspects of Patient Choice in Primary Care in Stockholm County Council: Impact on need-based resource allocation, primary care doctors and health care utilization in disadvantaged areas", will focus on the changes in allocation of resources and patterns of utilization in different socioeconomic and geographic groups, as well perceptions of primary care providers ability to provide care, before and after the Patient Choice Reform.

HSP member Helena Hildenwall wins grant from the Swedish Research Council

Helena, together with her co-applicants Göran Tomson, Claude Marcus, and Yap Boum just received news that their project "Glucose needs in children with acute febrile illness in Uganda- challenging the existing guidelines for improved survival" will receive funding from the Swedish Research Council. Congratulations!

Johan von Schreeb appointed Senior Lecturer at KI

Congratulations to Johan von Schreeb who was recently appointed a Senior Lecturer in catastrophe medicine at the Department of Public Health Sciences at Karolinska Institutet.

October 2014

Ugandan newspaper Vision article on Peter Waiswa and maternal newborn health

The Ugandan newspaper Vision wrote up a short article on a recent interview and presentation by Dr. Peter Waiswa on maternal and newborn health in Uganda. You can read the article here.

Agnes Nanyonjo successfully defends thesis

Agnes Nanyonjo successfully defended her thesis, titled "Delivering health services to children through integrated community case management in Uganda - from innovation to institutionalization" on October 24th. Congratulations, Agnes!

Health Systems and Policy research group October meeting on Ebola

The HSP group held a seminar in October focusing on the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The seminar focused on the challenges, context and strategies around the outbreak, with speakers from the HSP group's Center for Disaster Medicine and the Nordic Africa Institutet. Below is a recording of the session.



Ebola discussions and training course 

On October 8th, the HSP group held a seminar on the challenges, context and strategies around the Ebola outbreak. The seminar was well-met, and today received support from the Vice Chancellor of Karolinska Institutet. The Institute, in conjunction with the Swedish Public Health Authority and the Swedish National Board, are supporting a fieldwork training course run by Dr. Johan von Schreeb of the Center for Disaster Medicine, to train health care providers who are on their way to West Africa. The article can be seen here [in Swedish]. 

More information about the training course can be found here

September 2014

New video about the EQUIP Project


An informational video describing the HSP EQUIP Project.


Seminar on medicine quality and public health by invited speaker Dr. Paul Newton


Dr. Paul Newton was invited to speak at KI on the topic "Poor medicine quality and public health - No action, talk only"

Johan von Schreeb interviewed by Läkartidningen

Johan von Schreeb interviewed about his recent Ebola work by the Swedish medical association's journal Läkartidningen.

[In Swedish]

Anneli Eriksson interviewed for Swedish television (SVT)

Anneli Eriksson, nurse and member of the HSP group, speaks with SVT about her recent work with the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

[In Swedish]

Health Focus: 10 achieve MDG targets on children's health

HSP researcher Dr. Peter Waiswa was interviewed by major Ugandan news channel NTV about the progress of the Millenium Development Goals in Uganda.

 Future Health Systems: an interview with Roy Mayega

Roy Mayega, HSP researcher who recently defended his PhD thesis, was interviewed at the Geneva Future Health Systems meeting.

 Birger Forsberg edits Health Policy and Planning supplement

HSP member Birger Forsberg was editor of the journal Health Policy and Planning's recently published supplement, Advances in Knowledge on the Role of the Private Sector in Health

Dr. Peter Waiswa discusses premature newborn care in Uganda

 Dr. Peter Waiswa, HSP member, discusses efforts for premature newborn care and Kangaroo Mother Care in the Busoga sub-region.
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