Interactive workshops are the cornerstones of the Swedish Global Health Research Conference. These sessions are an opportunity to present your research, exchange experiences with colleagues and to create new global health collaborations. There will be three different workshop slots, with several sup-topics to choose from.

Workshop block one: The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals - how does my Research Contribute to the Agenda?

These interdisciplinary workshops include short presentations from conference participants about their ongoing research, followed by a discussion on how global health research is contributing to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. How can your research and commitment contribute to the 2030 Agenda and how can it be implemented? What are the challenges with aligning with the 2030 Agenda?All workshops will be facilitated by a team consisting of two colleagues, one senior and one junior.

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18 April at 10.30-12.00
Global Health 101 - An Introduction for Beginners
We know that for many of our participants, this conference will be one of the first interactions with the global health field! We are super excited about this fact, and have teamed up with United Nations Association Sweden, Effective Altruism and the Swedish Society for Medicine’s Student and Junior Doctor Session to offer a pre-workshop!

This workshop will give a short but comprehensive introduction to global health, the 2030 agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals and global health research. It will introduce the participants to main concepts, different approaches and upcoming challenges in the global health field. The aim is to give the participants a basis that will make it easier for them to take part of the conference program. The workshop is mainly aimed at students and younger colleagues.
The workshop is organized by United Nations Association Sweden, Effective Altruism and the Swedish Society for Medicine’s Student and Junior Doctor Session.
Registration for the Global Health 101 is necessary and can be found through this link:

Moderators: Alice Claeson, SSM Student and Junior Doctor Section, Title: Ethics Secretary, Mikaela Engwall, UNA Ambassador 2030 Agenda/ Svenska FN-förbundets ambassadör Agenda 2030, Master Student in human rights (global health as a focus area) Uppsala Universitet and Vera Lindén, Former president Effective Altruism Stockholm School of Economics

18 April at 13.40-14.20
Setting the Stage - Perspectives on Global Health

In this panel discussion, some of today’s leaders will share their perspectives on global health, addressing both its challenges and opportunities, taking the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into account.

David Nabarro, BM BCh, M.Sc, FRCP, secured his medical qualification in 1974 and has worked in over 50 countries – in communities and hospitals, governments, civil society, universities, and in United Nations (UN) programs. Dr. Nabarro had positions in non-Governmental Organizations and in British Universities until 1989. He worked for the British government in the 1990s serving as head of Health and Population and director for Human Development in the UK Department for International Development. He joined the World Health Organization (WHO) in January 1999: his responsibilities included malaria, sustainable development and responses to crises. As Executive Director he assisted with establishing the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He then moved to the Office of the UN Secretary-General in 2005 as assistant Secretary-General. Initially he was responsible for coordinating UN system responses to avian and pandemic influenza; from 2008 he coordinated UN system action on food insecurity, from 2010 he coordinated the Movement to Scale Up Nutrition, and from 2014 he served as the former UN Secretary-General's envoy for the West Africa Ebola outbreak and Under-Secretary-General. From 2016 he worked as Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Climate Change, and Cholera in Haiti. His service with the UN ended in June 2017. He now supports systems leadership for sustainable development – with a particular focus on Food, Land Use and Climate Change. He advises on global health issues from the perspective of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. His social enterprise 4SD is based in Switzerland: he also has an academic base in the UK.

Professor Agnes Binagwaho, MD, M(Ped), PhD is the Vice Chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity. She worked for 20 years in the public health sector in Rwanda and served in high-level government positions, such as the Executive Secretary of Rwanda's National AIDS Control Commission, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, and for 5 years as the Minister of Health. She is a Professor of the Practice of Global Health Delivery at the University of Global Health Equity, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

Ulrika Modéer, State Secretary to the Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin

Ernest Aryeetey, the foundation Secretary-General of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA), a network of 16 of Africa’s flagship universities. He is a Professor of Economics and former Vice Chancellor of University of Ghana (2010-2016). He was also the first Director of the Africa Growth Initiative of Brookings Institution, Washington D.C.
Professor Aryeetey has held academic appointments at the School of Oriental and African Studies (London), Yale University and Swarthmore College in the U.S. at various points in time. He is a member of the Governing Council of the United Nations University, and was previously Chairman of the Governing Board of UNU-World Institute for Development Economics Research (Helsinki). He is also a member of the Governing Board of the Centre for Development Research at University of Bonn. He served as Resource Person and member of the Programme Committee of the African Economic Research Consortium (Nairobi) for many years.
Ernest Aryeetey’s research focuses on the economics of development with interest in institutions and their role in development, economic reforms, financial systems and small enterprise development.  His latest publication is the edited volume “Economy of Ghana Sixty Years after Independence”, Oxford University Press, March 2017.

Moderators: Anneli Ivarsson, Professor Umeå University and Benedict Oppong Asamoah, Associate Professor Lund University.

18 April at 14.25-15.20
Gaps and opportunities in Global Health Research
The 2030 Agenda with its Sustainable Development Goals provides a unique opportunity to improve health and achieve health equity globally. Members of this panel represent policy-making, education and research at different levels. They will briefly address global health research issues and share how they best can contribute to and support global health research in order for it to have a positive impact on the world.

Helene Hellmark Knutsson, Swedish minister for higher education and research

Anders Nordström, Swedish ambassador for global health

Dr Anders Nordström is the Swedish Ambassador for Global Health at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm. A medical doctor from the Karolinska Institute, Sweden, Dr Nordström has a background that combines development experience in the field, national and international health policy and planning, and strategic leadership.
During 2002 Dr Nordström was the Interim Executive Director for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He has served as board member of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, GAVI, UNAIDS and PMNCH. Furthermore, he has chaired and been a member of several international task forces and working groups.
He was the Acting Director-General of WHO from 23 May 2006 until 3 January 2007 following the sudden death of Dr LEE Jong-wook, Director-General, on 22 May 2006. After the successful handing over to Dr Margaret Chan, Dr Nordström was appointed Assistant Director-General for Health Systems and Services. Dr Nordström was appointed Ambassador for HIV/AIDS at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs by the Government on the 26th of August 2010. From 9 April 2015 to 9 June 2017 he was the Head of the WHO Country Office in Sierra Leone.

Kerstin Sahlin is Secretary General of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Swedish Research Council. She is Professor of Public Management at Uppsala University. From 2006 – 2011 she was Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Uppsala University. Professor Sahlin has published widely on organizational reform, public management, governance of universities, corporate social responsibility, the global expansion of management ideas, and the development of global standards and regulations. She is a member of several learned societies, among them The Royal Academy of Science, The Royal Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities and The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.

Hampus Holmer is a junior doctor (AT-läkare) at Karolinska University Hospital in Solna, PhD candidate in Surgery and Global Health, and co-director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Surgery and Public Health at Lund University. His research focuses on global surgery, specifically data driven approaches to assessing and improving service delivery. He began his academic research as Research Associate of Harvard Medical School’s Program in Global Surgery and Social Change, and as a medical student subsequently carried out internships at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm and the Ministry of Health of Rwanda in Kigali. Most recently, he was seconded technical officer at the WHO Country Office in Sierra Leone and a research fellow of the King’s College London Centre for Global Health. He currently serves as president of the Swedish Society of Medicine’s Junior doctor and medical student section.

Kristina Gemzell Danielsson is a professor and senior consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Karolinska University Hospital and head of the research group at the WHO collaborating centre for research and research training in Human Reproduction. She is Honorary Clinical Professor at Hong Kong University, and Honorary fellow FSRH, RCOG, UK. She is a member of the International Committee for contraceptive research (ICCR), Population Council/Rockefeller University, chair of the Swedish reference group for Family planning (FARG), Past president of the European Society for Contraception and Reproductive Health, and FIAPAC, member of the scientific and technical advisory group of the special programme for Human Reproduction and Reproductive Health Research (STAG) WHO, Geneva and the international medical advisory panel (IMAP) IPPF and member of the Nobel Assembly, Karolinska Institutet. Her research is translational (experimental and clinical trials “from bench-to bed-to the hands of women”) with focus on endometrial function, embryo implantation, induced abortion, emergency contraception and development of new contraceptive technology.
It is remarkable that, despite being preventable, unsafe abortion remains a major contributor to maternal mortality globally, This raises the question of how we can work to increase access to safe abortion care, and step up progress towards the SDGs? Currently, the SDGs indicators do not include any specific measures of abortion access, safety or quality of care, It is time to implement evidence-based policies, programmes and services that promote, protect and fulfill sexual and reproductive health and rights of all individuals everywhere, and make sure no one is left behind.

Yolanda M. Sánchez Castro is a professional in communication and media studies, that stands out for her commitment to Health Quality Managing programs. In her early career, she developed marketing campaigns about healthy lifestyle, healthcare and when to seek primary healthcare, an experience that gave her a deeper understanding of Mexican health consumption. She is a lead auditor in different ISO norms and has specialized in leading accreditation processes for healthcare organizations. Yolanda is currently studying the MSc in Global Health at Gothenburg University. She recently became chair of the Swedish Network for International Health, a position that has allowed her to have a closer perspective of the Swedish global health arena.

Moderators: Dorcus Kiwanuka Henriksson, Research Officer Karolinska Institutet and Department of Women’s and Children’s health/IMCH Uppsala University and Göran Tomson, Co-founder and senior advisor, Swedish Institute for Global Health Transformation

Global Health – Global Agenda – Global Goals – Global Actions
Of the 17 ambitious sustainable development goals (SDGs), only one focuses on health (SDG 3), but development is human-centred and healthy life is its essence. In the 2030 Agenda, health has a prominent role as it is embedded in many of the other goals. As we concern ourselves with health we are all responsible for achieving the health-related outcomes of the Global agenda, and research is an essential tool. During this session, we will explore how our ongoing efforts, research, practice or other engagements, are contributing to 2030 Agenda and how can we make our efforts more inclusive and collaborative towards its fulfilment.
The session consists of moderated small group discussions, followed by a wrap-up in plenary. The discussion groups will be finalized before the start of the conference.

Moderators for summary: Helena Nordenstedt, Public Lecturer and Assistant Professor, Gapminder and Karolinska Institutet and Raman Preet, Doctor, Epidemiology and Global Health, Umeå University

Moderating teams for each group are still being finalized.

19 April at 09.15-10.15
From research to implementation - success stories
Swedish universities have a long tradition of joining partnerships with research colleagues in low and lower middle-income countries. How do we ensure that research results come to good use and are implemented in policy? Are there any obstacles, and can Sweden do better? In this session, we will take part of experiences from research colleagues from India, South Africa, and Tanzania as well as the Swedish Institute of Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

Sharon Fonn is a full professor in the School of Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She has been the Head of the School of Public Health and Acting Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences. She was the President of the Association of Schools of Public Health in Africa (ASPHA) from 2014 – March 2017. In October 2015 she was presented with a Doctor Honoris Causa Medicine from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. In 2011 she was awarded the University of the Witwatersrand Vice-Chancellor's Academic Citizenship Team Award for "evidence of influencing academic citizenship beyond their core responsibilities to re-build and strengthen capacity of African universities and enhancing communities of practice across Africa", and in 2005 was awarded a Distinguished Scientist Award – for contribution to the quality of life of women by the South Africa Government, Department of Science of Technology. She currently co-leads the Consortium of Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA), is a panel member of the Market Inquiry in to the private health care sector for the Competition Commission of South Africa and is a member of Scientific Advisory Committee of the Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania. She has published over 70 peer reviewed articles and book chapters, a number of training curriculums and a range of technical reports, policy documents and publication for non-technical audiences.

Dr. Hussein L. Kidanto (MD, MMED, PhD) is a consultant in obstetrics and gynecology and senior lecturer and Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Dr. Kidanto's research focuses on different aspects of improving quality of emergency obstetric care, including perinatal audit, caesarean section, and intrapartum fetal heart rate monitoring, and he is involved in several international research collaborations. As a Principal Investigator of the "Safer birth project", he also works with quality improvement of neonatal resuscitation. Dr. Kidanto is currently employed as a maternal and reproductive health expert at the Ministry of Health in Tanzania.

Professor Nana Poku is Deputy Vice Chancellor of College of Law and Management Studies and also Executive Director of the Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD), University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Over the past two decades, he has published 18 books and more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and book contributions, with a focus on the AIDS pandemic in Africa and its implications for economic, political and social change. In 2003, he led the UN Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa (UNCHGA) and was concurrently Director of Operational Research for the World Bank HIV Treatment Acceleration Program in Africa. In 2007, he was an expert witness to the US Congressional Committee on the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). From 2007 to 2010, he served as Special Advisor to British Government on Africa, and has been senior advisor on HIV and AIDS policies within Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers for the governments of Botswana, Ghana, Mozambique, Malawi, Namibia, Kenya, and Zambia.

Roy Nobhojit trained as a General and Trauma surgeon in Mumbai, India and the U.K. He also holds an MPH from John Hopkins University and a PhD from  Karolinska Institutet, with an interest in Trauma surgical outcomes and delivering healthcare in resource-poor settings.
Currently, he is the Advisor, Public Health Planning and Evidence at the National Health systems Resource centre (NHSRC) which provides technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare at New Delhi, India. The mandate is to ensure equity and access across the healthcare system in India, and promoting evidence-based policy. From 1997-2017, he has served as the Chief of Surgery at the BARC Hospital (Government of India), which provides Universal Health Care to 100,000 people in Mumbai, India.
He also is the project Director and Public Health Specialist, Environmental Health Resource Hub at the School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences. For the Lancet, he has been one of the commissioners for Global Surgery (2013-2015) representing South East Asia Region and an expert with the Global Burden of Disease 2013 group of the Institute of Health Metrics, Seattle. Currently, he is a Lancet commissioner for NCD and Injuries in the poorest billion. He has been the Principal Investigator (Mumbai) of the WHO Trauma Patient Safety Checklist, which was implemented across 14 trauma centres around the world and its effect on mortality on the severely injured. He is a WHO senior expert for setting the standards of surgical skills and competence for mass casualty events, after sudden-onset large scale disasters. As a member of the WHO advisory group on Mass Gatherings, Roy focusses on South Asia.

Maria Teresa Bejarano, is Senior Research Advisor at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) where she coordinates the support to health research initiatives and acts as focal point for antimicrobial resistance issues. She is also Adjunct Professor at Karolinska Institutet and lecturer at Global Health programs.
Dr. Bejarano has a progressive record of project management and policy development in global health, research-health, research, and higher education and over 20 years of international experience at senior level in research activities on infection biology/immunology. Dr. Bejarano serves as member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the WHO Tropical Diseases Research program and as Board member of the WHO-Sexual and Reproductive Health Research (HRP) and the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (AHPSR).
Dr. Bejarano is trained as MD and earned her PhD in immunology/infection biology at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm and holds a Lic on Clinical Drug Development from Uppsala University.

Moderators: Asli Kulane, Associate Professor, Karolinska Institutet
Helena Frielingsdorf, Psychiatry Resident/Research Fellow, Linköping University

Workshop block two: Joint Challenges
Thursday 19th April 2018

Challenges are often similar, whether you are active in global health research, closely related research, or engaged in other global health activities. This parallel workshop provides an opportunity to meet and discuss dilemmas and possible solutions.
The session consists of moderated small group discussions, followed by a wrap-up in plenary. You will have the opportunity to prioritize which discussion you would like to take part in, although we cannot guarantee that you will get your first choice. The discussion groups will be finalized before the start of the conference.
Financing research
Moderators:   Vinod K Diwan, Senior Professor, Department of public health sciences / Global Health
Junior Facilitator: Carolina García
Description: Research has changed its character in many ways and from individualised undertaking now it is a multidisciplinary collaboration. This change also has influenced the funding of research projects. Similarly, funding of global health related research projects have also changed.  On a national level, funding has become limited and competition is high. To be successful in research, one need to be competitive to seek and receive funding. However, there are many factors which influences to get funding. This seminar will highlight the formal and informal factors which influence who gets funding and who will not. This is particularly true for junior researchers.
Research in fragile states
Moderator: Anneli Eriksson, Registered Nurse and Project Coordinator At Centre for Research on HealthCare in Disasters, Karolinska Institutet
Junior Facilitator: Alice Claeson, Ethics Secretary at Swedish Society of Medicine’s Student and junior Doctor Session
Description: Fragile states are defined by weak state institutions, ongoing violence, significant corruption and political instability as well as poverty. The situation leaves the population vulnerable and exposed to a range of shocks. The need for research is significant, yet, the instable contexts profoundly challenge current research methods and its applications.
In the workshop we will discuss and share experiences around challenges, such as, insecurity, the lack of access to reliable data. We will situations when advocacy efforts exaggerate results. We will also examine opportunities and listen to examples of successful research, such as a randomized control trial during conflicts.
How to use Gapminder
Moderators: Olof Gränström, Public Lecturer and MA, Gapminder
Helena Nordenstedt, Public Lecturer and Assistant Professor, Gapminder and KI
Junior Facilitator: Jagiasi Khusboo
Description: In this workshop we will take a closer look at using Gapminder tools and show how you can upload your own data and make personal Gapminder presentations.

Global Health Education Conference 2016 - What are our next steps?
Moderator:Anneli Ivarsson
Junior Facilitator:Nora Arista

Description: Many of today’s professions need to have a global perspective to be able contribute successfully in their daily work, and this is more so for health professions than for many others. Therefore, global health should be part of all health professions’ academic education. In this workshop we will continue a dialogue started during the Global Health Education Conference in Umeå 2016, to which the present conference is a follow-up. How far have we reached and what steps are needed to secure that all students are reached?    

Research in global health – where to start?
Moderator: Hampus Holmer, MD, Lund University
Junior Facilitator: Caroline Schagerholm, Läkarstudent Karolinska Institutet, Studenter i forskning (Students in Research)
Description: Interested in global health research but don’t know where to start? Or already started but thinking about your next steps as a global health researcher? Then this is the workshop for you! We will discuss opportunities as well as challenges and hands on tips for students, young professionals and junior researchers interested in global health research.

Do no harm – research abroad and ethical considerations
Moderator: Giulia Gaudenzi, Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, MSc, PhD
Junior Facilitator: Fatima Bashir

Description:Do no harm is a guiding principle when engaging in research and exchange programmes, especially within the field of health. This session investigates how this principle can be of use and help us to make ethically sound decisions, whether we are students or professionals.
Policy Implementation
Moderator: Sara Fewer,Co-Director, Evidence to Policy Initiative, Global Health Group, University of California, San Francisco
Junior Facilitator: Annabell Kantner, BSc in Nursing (MSc in Global Health ongoing), Swedish Network for International Health (SNIH)
Description:Good research should be a foundation for informed decision making, but even when reliable results exists, it doesn’t always impact policy making. How can we address the gap between research and policy implementation? This session will address this question and start discussing possible solutions.
The role for research and researchers in the collective Swedish Plan for Global Health
Moderator: Anders Nordström, Ambassador for Global Health, Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Junior Facilitator: Ines Moued, Medical Student Uppsala University and Intern Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Description: This workshop aims to discuss the role for research and researchers in the implementation of the Swedish Plan for Global Health which is being developed by the Swedish government in collaboration with SIGHT. Scientists, authorities and CSO:s have been consulted in the development process in order to create a complete and extensive plan on Sweden’s current work within Global Health with regards to Agenda 2030. We will present the draft plan and invite for discussion around how we can work together in implementing it.
Global health research in the era of fake news: communication between research and journalism
Junior Facilitator:Thet Lynn

Description: In a time of “alternative facts”, it is more important than ever to communicate research results to the public. This workshop wants to overcome the gap that sometimes exists between two different but equally important professions – journalism and research. We will try to define some of the obstacles against effective and trustworthy communication between researchers and journalists. Can we find concrete pointers that help us in our everyday work?
Interdisciplinary research
Moderator: Dr Rachel Irwin, Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences, Lund University
Sibylle Herzig van Wees, PhD (cc), MSc, BA, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Junior Facilitator: Tamire Mulueta
Description: In order to fulfil the 2030 Agenda and its sustainable development goals we need to find new methods to utilise the knowledge and skills of our whole society. In this workshop we will together explore how we can work more interdisciplinary, with specific focus on global health.
Student workshop what to prioritize in global health
Moderator: Gustav Alexandrie, President Effective Altruism Stockholm University, Erik Engelhardt, President Effective Altruism Royal Institute of Technology  (KTH), Aylin Shawkat,President Effective Altruism Stockholm School of Economics (SASSE), Vera Lindén, Former president Effective Altruism SASSE
Junior Facilitator: Greta Bütepage
Description:This workshop will introduce a number of tools for thinking about how to prioritize in global health. Based on interdisciplinary research, we will facilitate a discussion about the attainability of various Sustainable Development Goals targets and what students can do to achieve them as effectively as possible.
This workshop is primarily aimed towards students who wish take responsibility for the Sustainable Development Goals and make a significant impact.
Workshop for administration personnel at global health faculties
Moderator: Per Hanvik, Head of Finance and Administration, Department of Public Health Sciences and Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics - LIME, Karolinska Institutet
Junior Facilitator: Carolina García

Description: What is the role of administrative staff within global health research? What are the benefits for researchers to engage the administrations already in the early project stages and what happens when the administration starts to see themselves as proactive advisors? This workshop aims to overcome the gap between research/education and administration and prove once and for all that there is a gain in an efficient administration. It welcomes administrative staff, researchers, and students.

Workshop block three: Deeper Understanding and Closer Collaboration within Global Health Research

19 April, at 14.15 – 16.45 Parallel workshops: Deeper understanding and closer collaboration within global health research
This session consists of moderated small-group discussions. You will have the opportunity to state your preference for which discussion you would like to take part in; however, we cannot guarantee that you will get your first choice. The discussion groups will be finalized before the start of the conference.
Child health in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals
Moderators: Mats Målqvist (chair), Associate Professor, International Maternal and Child Health, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Uppsala University
Tobias Alfvén, Associate Professor, Karolinska Institutet, chair of the Swedish Society of Medicine’s Committee for Global Health
Johan Dahlstrand, Operations Manager, Swedish Institute for Global Health Transformation (SIGHT)
Maria Mossberg MD, PhD, Paediatrician, Swedish Paediatric Society and Lund University
Junior facilitators: Anna Runebjer Tison, Intern Physician, Södersjukhuset
Description: In embracing the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals, the global community is faced with a number of challenges – and opportunities – with regard to maintaining momentum towards improving the lives and livelihoods of children around the world. Improving the health of children locally and globally is a key priority in Sweden’s development agenda. Fulfilling this aim will require contributions that are multidisciplinary in scope, transformative, and grounded in evidence.
In this workshop, we will discuss how we can best contribute to improving the health of children, with a focus on children in low-income settings.
Global mental health workshop: Feeding research evidence into policy
Moderators: Anna-Clara Hollander, PhD, Postdoc and Lic. Psychologist, Dept. of Public Health, Karolinska Institutet
Helena Frielingsdorf Lundqvist, Psychiatry Resident/Research Fellow (MD, PhD),Center for Social and Affective Neuroscience, Dept. of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Linköping University
Junior facilitator:Inas Elghazali

Description: The aim of this workshop is to showcase research on global mental health and provide a platform for networking as well as for future collaborations. We will discuss different strategies of translating our research findings into policy changes and summarize the outcome of the discussions into an action plan. We welcome all participants, whether you are already involved in research on global mental health or if you are interested in knowing more about global mental health research!
If you are already involved in research on global mental health, please let us know if you are willing to give a 5- to 10-minute mini-presentation about your research. Your participation is greatly appreciated! If you are interested in knowing more about global mental health research, this is an opportunity to find out what is going on in the field, to network and to participate in interesting discussions!
Open data workshop
Moderators: Max Petzold, Professor, Swedish National Data Service and Health Metrics Unit
University of Gothenburg
Sharon Fonn (Witts/Carta), University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Kobus Herbst, Dr, INDEPTH Network - Africa Health Research Institute
Cheikh Mbacké Faye, Senior Research Officer, African Population and Health Research Center
Gustav Nilsonne, MD, PhD, Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm University
Description: Access to well-documented, high-quality data is fundamental to research. Gathering, documenting and making already collected research data available to other researchers can substantially improve the total utility of the data. This workshop will identify and discuss possibilities for increasing data sharing in global health research, given the priorities and ethics of the research. Of special importance is arriving at an understanding of whether Open Data should be defined and handled differently in low- versus high-income settings. The applicability of the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable; see principles will be assessed.
Screening as public health strategy for early detection of non-communicable and communicable diseases: Challenges and implications
 Moderators: Meena Daivadanam, Dept. of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics, Uppsala University, and Dept. of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institutet
Helle Mölsted Alvesson, Dept. of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institutet
Junior facilitator: Olivia Biermann

Description: This workshop aims to present and discuss opportunities for early detection of chronic health conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, mental health disorders and TB through screening and community mobilisation. We will specifically look at screening, including different types of screening opportunities and their implications for the health system, challenges in mobilising stakeholders and resources, and setting up screening. We will also have an opportunity to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of screening, and its acceptability as a population strategy for early detection and prevention of chronic conditions.
The role of social medicine in a global context
Organisers: Swedish Association of Social Medicin
Junior facilitator: Anton Landgren

Description: The purpose of this workshop is to discuss current research and practice in social medicine, addressing important societal challenges related to increased globalisation in Sweden. Examples include work on health literacy, culturally competent health and social care, unaccompanied refugee minors, migrant health screening, and teamwork in socially disadvantaged areas. We welcome presentations from students at all levels, as well as researchers and clinicians. Abstracts can be submitted upon registration, until the 31st of March.
The Swedish Association of Social Medicine (Svensk socialmedicinsk förening) has organised its spring conference (Vårkonferens) this year as a parallel workshop session during the Swedish Global Health Research Conference. The association welcomes members of the organization as well as conference participants to the workshop.
Improving quality of emergency obstetric care for women and newborns in low-resource contexts
Moderator:Helena Litorp, International Maternal and Child Health, Department of Womenś and Childrenś Health, Uppsala University
Henrik Makokha-Sandell, International Maternal and Child Health, Department of Womenś and Childrenś Health, Uppsala University
Johanna Belachew, International Maternal and Child Health, Department of Womenś and Childrenś Health, Uppsala University
Junior facilitator: Malin Fredén Axelsson

Description: The aim of this workshop is to analyse aspects of quality improvement in obstetric care using research from low-resource contexts. Based on experiences from different academic institutions, as well as NGOs, challenges and possible solutions to improve quality of care will be discussed. Special emphasis will be put on the mother-infant dyad during delivery and the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration for optimizing obstetric outcomes. The workshop also aims to provide a platform for networking and future collaboration.
Urbanization and environmental health challenges in a global context
Moderators:Erik Melén, Associate Professor, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet
Petter LS Ljungman, Assistant Professor, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet
Tom Bellander, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet
Junior facilitator: Clara Hildt

Description: With growing urbanization across the globe, we are faced with both challenges to and opportunities for improving public health. The urban environment is an important determinant of non-communicable and communicable diseases through air, noise, soil, and water pollution, accessibility to green space, accessibility to safe and nutritious foods, and provision of means for daily physical activity.  Many of these aspects may be further affected by segregation and socio-economic factors.
This workshop aims to start the discussion on how we can contribute to developing city environments that improve public health.
How could digital health platforms improve health in low-resource settings?

Moderators :Jesper Gantelius, MD, MSc Eng, PhD; KTH/Nanobiotechnology and Karolinska Institutet/Department of Public Health Sciences, Global Health and Anna-Karin Edstedt Bonamy, MD, PhD, Specialist in Paediatrics, Karolinska Institutet/Clinical Epidemiology Unit and Doctrin AB
Junior Facilitator: Kristiina Niit

Description: Could digitalizing the patient journey in low-resource settings improve health outcomes and use of resources? Learn more about possibilities and pitfalls, and share your experiences and suggestions for improvement. Networking with the other workshop participants and the initiation of e-health research collaborations are other expected outcomes of the workshop.
Health system resilience to disasters
Moderators:Dell Saulnier, MPH, Centre for Research on Healthcare in Disasters, Global Health - Health Systems and Policy, Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institutet
Junior facilitator:Hanna Jerndal

Description: Climate change, natural disasters, outbreaks and conflicts are imminent threats to improved health, the progress of SDGs, and the roll-out of UHC in many countries. Resilient health systems are key to ensuring service delivery following disasters. A resilient health system should be able to manage health threats caused by disaster but also maintain service delivery for normal conditions. However, little is known about what a resilient health system looks like in reality. What are the essential components of such a system and how is one established in resource-scarce settings?
The workshop builds on experiences from work done in Cambodia, Sierra Leone and other countries by the Centre for Research on Healthcare in Disasters, Health Systems and Policy, Department of Public Health at KI. This will be an interactive session where researchers and students interested in sharing experience and research will meet to outline collaborative work to support the evidence on how to build up the resilience of health system in disasters.
Addressing cross-cultural issues in global health research
Moderators: Naomi Limaro Nathan, Dr. (MD), University of Sheffield - School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) and Nikita Charles Hamilton, University of Sheffield - School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)
Junior facilitator: Ina Siby

Description: Various researchers have shown the need for addressing cultural issues in global health research. Not addressing these issues has led to difficulty in the generalisability and effectiveness of their work in the population of interest. Without appropriately addressing cross-cultural issues in global health research, good health and well-being, particularly in developing countries, are difficult to achieve. This workshop will explore ongoing barriers to cross-cultural issues as well as dimensions of acceptability, accessibility and affordability toward the goal of improving evidence-based research in global health.
Global Health Humanities Workshop
Moderator: Dr. Rachel Irwin, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences, Lund University
Junior facilitator:Gustav Alexandrie
Description: The aims of this workshop are to highlight research within the emerging field of Global Health Humanities and to develop a network of engaged researchers. The workshop will explore the role of humanities research in addressing key global health challenges, such as antimicrobial resistance and the harnessing of ‘big data.’ We will also look more broadly at the role of humanities research in contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals.
We invite researchers from a variety of disciplines, including, but not limited to, history of medicine, anthropology, ethnology, philosophy, literature, and ethics. We welcome both participants engaged in ongoing projects and also those with a keen interest in global health humanities research in order to connect and to explore the potential for future collaborations.
Medical abortion – A neglected global health issue
Moderator: Kristina Gemzell Danielsson, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Karolinska Institutet
Laura Köcher, Swedish Organization for Global Health
Caroline Bjurnemark, Swedish Organization for Global Health
Junior facilitator: Maria Persson
Description: The workshop will provide an overview of induced abortion and an update on safe abortion care and emergency contraception globally. Recent developments in abortion care and their importance for women and societies will be discussed. Practical examples, including task sharing/shifting and the use of telemedicine, will be discussed, with a focus on access to contraceptives, safe abortion and post-abortion care in Uganda. What is unsafe abortion, and why is it such a serious public health issue in Uganda? Who is affected, and which factors in the social and legal environment contribute to the issue?
Youth as global health advocates
Moderators: Maria Öhman, Medical Student at Uppsala University, Swedish Society of Medicine’s Student and Junior Doctor Section
Adelina Mazhiqi, MD Candidate, Local President Skåne, Lund University, Swedish Society of Medicine´s Student and Junior Doctor Section
Hana Awil, Junior Physician in Mora, IFMSA-Sweden
Junior facilitator: Sarah Osman

Description: Advocacy from civil society, including students and youth, played a critical role in the negotiations leading to the SDGs, as well as being vital to ensuring the fulfillment of the goals. This interactive session, presented in a debate forum, highlights ongoing youth engagement within global health-related topics, taking its stand from the 2030 Agenda and a rights-based perspective.
Antibiotic resistance and the Sustainable Development Goals
– Relevance and implications
Moderator: Cecilia Stålsby Lundborg, Professor, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Public Health Sciences, Global Health
Junior facilitator: Elisabeth Silfwerbrand
Description: In this interdisciplinary workshop, there will be short introductory presentations by representatives from various agencies and organizations, followed by a panel discussion among the presenters led by the workshop organizer, with a few prepared questions (that will be circulated later) and questions from the floor.
Short small-group discussions will focus on urgent research issues in relation to the theme of the workshop and reassembly in the larger group. A one-page summary will be prepared and circulated after the workshop.
Health financing and the move towards Universal Health Coverage in low- and lower-middle-income countries
Moderators: Jesper Sundewall, Regional Advisor, Sida and Karolinska Institutet, Raphael Hurley, Director, Health Financing, Clinton Health Access Initiative, Samantha Diamond, Associate Director, Health Financing, Clinton Health Access Initiative, Karin Stenberg, Technical Officer, World Health Organization, Nana Poku, Professor, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban
Description: With the adoption of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals, there is a global commitment to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC), including financial risk protection. This commitment is evident in policy discussions around the globe.
Many low- and lower-middle-income countries are now adopting a “pathway towards UHC”. However, UHC must be unpacked and filled with content. UHC is a means to providing a package of clearly defined interventions to the entire population.
UHC also requires political will, as there are many health needs competing for a limited pot of resources. In this context, how does a policy-maker maximize health outcomes without alienating any of its larger constituencies or compromising management of other urgent health issues? Striking this balance will undoubtedly be difficult even for the boldest and most progressive health ministers.
This workshop aims to increase the understanding of the pathways towards UHC, with a focus on Africa, and identify research gaps going forward.


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