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
- (2021) Women do not utilise family planning according to their needs in southern Malawi: A cross-sectional survey. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH). vol. 18 (8).
- (2020) Bilirubin estimates from smartphone images of newborn infants’ skin correlated highly to serum bilirubin levels. Acta Paediatrica. Supplement.
- (2020) Pharmacists’ perception of their challenges at work, focusing on antimicrobial resistance: a qualitative study from Bangladesh. Global health action. vol. 12.
- (2020) ‘Violence exists to show manhood’: Nepali men’s views on domestic violence–a qualitative study. Global health action. vol. 13 (1).
- (2019) Perceptions on the sexual harassment of female nurses in a state hospital in Sri Lanka: a qualitative study. Global health action. vol. 12 (1).
- (2019) Barriers and facilitators to cervical cancer screening in Nepal: A qualitative study. Sexual & Reproductive HealthCare. vol. 20.
- (2019) Novel Y-Chromosome Long Non-Coding RNAs Expressed in Human Male CNS During Early Development. Frontiers in Genetics. vol. 10.
- (2019) “Confidence comes with frequent practice”: health professionals’ perceptions of using manual vacuum aspiration after a training program. Reproductive Health. vol. 16 (20).
- (2019) Domestic violence and perinatal outcomes – a prospective cohort study from Nepal. BMC Public Health. vol. 19.
- (2019) Caesarean section performed by medical doctors and associate clinicians in Sierra Leone. British Journal of Surgery. vol. 106 (2).
- (2019) A much valued tool that also brings ethical dilemmas-a qualitative study of Norwegian midwives' experiences and views on the role of obstetric ultrasound. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. vol. 19:33.
- (2018) Training university teachers and students in Sri Lanka on Gender Based Violence: testing a participatory training program. MedEdPublish.
- (2018) Challenges in day-to-day midwifery practice; a qualitative study from a regional referral hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Global health action. vol. 11 (1).
- (2018) Midwives’ and obstetricians’ views on appropriate obstetric sonography in Norway. Sexual & Reproductive HealthCare. vol. 16.
- (2018) The Use of Manual Vacuum Aspiration in the Treatment of Incomplete Abortions: A Descriptive Study from Three Public Hospitals in Malawi. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH). vol. 15:370 (2).
- (2018) Effects of refresher training on the use of manual vacuum aspiration in the treatment of incomplete abortions: a quasi-experimental study in Malawi. BMJ Global Health. vol. 3 (5).
- (2018) Exposure to domestic violence influences pregnant women's preparedness for childbirth in Nepal: A cross-sectional study. PLOS ONE. vol. 13:e0200234 (7).
- (2018) Women's experiences of miscarriage related to diagnosis, duration, and type of treatment. Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica. vol. 97 (12).
- (2018) Longitudinal study of emotional experiences, grief and depressive symptoms in women and men after miscarriage. Midwifery. vol. 64.
- (2018) Induction of labor after one previous Cesarean section in women with an unfavorable cervix: A retrospective cohort study. PLOS ONE. vol. 13 (7).