Background and activities
Elisabeth Darj, MD, PhD is the first professor in Global Health at NTNU. She is a Swedish physician and by profession obstetrician and gynecologist, and been working clinically and as the Head of Dept of Obs&Gyne at Uppsala University Hospital. She performs research in reproductive health and has contributed in development of academic teaching and education. For 15 years she has focused on various aspects of women’s health, mainly in low-income countries and has generously been awarded for scientific work, pedagogic skills and has received the title "Excellent teacher at Uppsala University".
Global health is a prioritized focus area at NTNU and the Faculty of Medicine and Health, and currently five countries are strategically selected for partnership; Malawi, Nepal, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Tanzania. Professor Darj is supervising PhD-, Master-, and medical students in these countries.
Darj has developed a new international two-year Master Program in Global Health. In the first year (2015) 500 students applied to this program. http://www.ntnu.edu/studies/mspuhe/
Regularly every month a seminar in Global Health is held, open for all. In October every year, national and international lecturers are invited to a Global Health Day, and they present interesting speeches in current topics. This has received considerable media attention and reaches now between 300-400 delegates, from Norway and neighboring countries. http://www.ntnu.no/mh/globalhelsedag
NTNU has received funds, together with universities in Bergen, Oslo and Tromsø, for a National Research School in Global Health for PhD-students. It started in April 2016 and enrolled 80 students to start with. This gives an opportunity for the students to participate in courses performed at a different in universities in the country. http://www.ntnu.edu/web/master-of-science-in-public-health-msph-
Professor Darjs research has been supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), Uppsala University, the Research Council of Sweden, the Research Council of Norway, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Liaison Committee between the Central Norway Regional Health Authority (RHA) and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) among other financiers.
Member of the Board of the Norwegian Forum for Global Health Research, representing NTNU; Head of the Master Program in Global Health at NTNU; Director of the National research school in Global Health; Leader of the scientific committee for research and development at Dept of Obs&Gyne, St Olavs Hospital; Visiting professor at Uppsala University; Member of the Swedish Medical Association, the Swedish Society of Medicine and the Swedish Association of Obstetrics and Gynaecology; Authorized Medical Doctor in Norway and Sweden.
Scientific, academic and artistic work
A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database
- (2017) "I am ready and willing to provide the service...though my religion frowns on abortion" Ghanaian midwives mixed attitudes to abortion services: A qualitative study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
- (2017) 'Even though a man takes the major role, he has no right to abuse': Future male leaders' views on gender-based violence in Sri Lanka. Global health action. vol. 10 (1).
- (2017) Why do women not adhere to advice on maternal referral in rural Tanzania? Narratives of women and their family members. Global health action. vol. 10 (1).
- (2017) Prevalence and risk factors of Domestic Violence among pregnant women attending rioutine antenatal care in Nepal. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health.
- (2017) Labour induction With orally administered misoprostol, a retrospective cohort study. BioMed Research International.
- (2016) Evaluation of a training program for health care workers to improve the quality of care for rape survivors: a quasi-experimental design study in Morogoro, Tanzania. Global health action. vol. 9 (31735).
- (2016) Community health workers can improve male involvement in maternal health: evidence from rural Tanzania. Global health action. vol. 9 (30064).
- (2016) Effectivness of Home Based Life Saving Skills training by community health workers on knowledge of danger signs, birth preparedness, complication readiness and facility delivery, among women in Rural Tanzania. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. vol. 16 (129).
- (2016) The Impact of the West Africa Ebola Outbreak on Obstetric Health Care in Sierra Leone. PLoS ONE. vol. 11 (2).
- (2016) Spatial sexual dimorphism of X and Y homolog gene expression in the human central nervous system during early male development. Biology of Sex Differences. vol. 7 (5).
- (2016) Exploring the Role of Ad Hoc Grassrots Organizations Providiing Humanitarian Aid on Lesvos, Greece. PLOS Currents. vol. 8 (Disasters).
- (2016) Community perceptions on domestic violence against pregnant women in Nepal: a qualitative study. Global health action. vol. 9 (1).
- (2016) Lactate in Amniotic Fluid: Predictor of Labor Outcome in Oxytocin-Augmented Primiparas' Deliveries. PLoS ONE. vol. 11 (10).
- (2015) Knowledge and attitude towards rape and child sexual abuse - A community-based cross-sectional study in Rural Tanzania Health behavior, health promotion and society. BMC Public Health. vol. 15 (428).
- (2015) A community-based intervention for improving health-seeking behavior among sexual violence survivors: a controlled before and after design study in rural Tanzania. Global health action. vol. 8.
- (2015) Birth preparedness and complication readiness - a qualitative study among community members in rural Tanzania. Global health action. vol. 8:26922.
- (2015) Men's Knowledge of Obstetric Danger Signs, Birth Preparedness and Complication Readiness in Rural Tanzania. PLoS ONE. vol. 10 (5).
- (2015) "The fairer the better?" Use of potentially toxic skin bleaching products. African Health Sciences. vol. 15 (4).
- (2014) Community perceptions of rape and child sexual abuse: a qualitative study in rural Tanzania. BMC International Health and Human Rights. vol. 14 (23).