Global Health Day 2017


Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

– Maternal health and Equity in health

When:    Tuesday 24 October 2017
Where:   KA12, Knowledge centre, NTNU/St. Olavs Hospital, Trondheim 

The conference has been arranged every fall since 2010, with both national and international speakers and participants. NTNU is hosting the day in collaboration with St. Olavs Hospital and Regional Health Aoutority Mid-Norway.

Live-streaming                               Agenda                                Presentation of speakers

This event will be live-streamed on this page for those who are not able to attend. 


Some confirmed speakers:

Sustainable Development Goals; - Responsibility for our healthy lives and common future 

Flemming Konradsen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark 

He is the director of the Copenhagen School of Global Health. Professor Konradsen has over twenty years of research on human health related to sanitation and hygiene; acute pesticide poisoning; and control of vector borne diseases in Asia, Africa and Europe. Flemming Konradsen is responsible for a number of programs aimed at building research capacity at university level in Asia and Africa and has significant involvement with educational programs in East Africa, South Asia and the Nordic region. 

Main topic: Maternal and newborn health; the unfinished agenda.

How to save mothers? - Emergency obstetric care

Prof. Christopher B-Lynch, MD, Emeritus Consultant Obstetrics and Gynaecological Surgeon, Milton Keynes University Hospital, England.

He is best known for having developed a way to stitch together (the B-Lynch Brace Suture) the uterus for postpartum life-threatening bleeding. His invention has saved thousands of women with severe postpartum haemorrhage, prevented that they had to remove the uterus, major injuries in abdomen and untimely death. Prof B-Lynch is originally from Sierra Leone and educated in England as Obstetrician and Gynaecological Surgeon. B-Lynch has worked with women's health and maternity issues his entire professional life. He is now retired, but still keep inspirational lecture around the world.


Making birth defects a global agenda

Dr. Anita Kar, Leder for Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, Pune University, India

Anita Kar is educated Zoolog, but after her postdoctoral period in genetics and microbiology, she has focused more on public health challenges. Her research is mainly in mother- and child health focusing on malformations and disability in children. She has been the research leader for a large living conditions survey for people with disabilities in India, Birth Defects Research Group. 

Main topic: Inequalities in health

Health system strengthening and equity related to SDG, Goal 3

Dr. Kumanan Rasanathan, Senior Health Specialist, UNICEF New York, USA 

Kumanan Rasanathan is a public health physician and Senior Health Specialist at UNICEF in New York. He works on district health system strengthening to improve the delivery of maternal and child health services, with a particular focus in South and East Asia, and including links to universal health coverage. Kumanan is also the UNICEF focal point for health in the post-2015 development agenda and for social determinants of child health. 


The equity impact of community-based interventions in Asia and Africa

Dr. Tanja AJ Houweling, Dept. Public Health, Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Tanja’s research focuses on socioeconomic inequalities in maternal, newborn and child health and early child development. Her research on the linkages between society and health builds on her backgrounds in the medical sciences (PhD public health, MSc epidemiology) and social sciences (MA medical anthropology & non-western sociology).Tanja leads several large projects on, among others, inequalities in neonatal mortality in Asia and Africa, and the equity impact evaluation of interventions.    


At the end of the coneference, it will be "get together" with pizza and refreshments at KS11