GHP Newsletter JUNE 2018
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Newsletter GHP June 2018
This month, Global Health Priorities was awarded research group of the year at the Faculty of Medicine.  Ole Frithjof Norheim received the price on behalf of the group, and addressed the audience by emphasising that our success is not only in terms of great academic results, but also the ability of the group to create a supporting social environment for academic growth. We are all very proud!

This year is memorable also because it is now 10 years since we were established.  Initially, we were part of the collaborative research group Global Health: Ethics, Economics and Culture, but a few years later we divided into two separate and thematically more focused research groups.

More changes have this year been done to our organisational structure.  The Global Health Priorities research group has been organised under the thematic area Ethics and Health Economy together with the educational group Medical Ethics and Theory of Science.  In other words, the new thematic area will have an overall responsibility for both research and educational activities within our field at the department. We look forward to moving the entire group together in completely refurbished facilities by the end of this year.

The large project  ooking at malaria prevention in children who have suffered from severe anaemia is approaching its final year, and important milestones have been reached.  The five year project received 32.8 million NOK in funding from the Globvac programme, and when this newsletter is being distributed we expect that all the about 1500 children in Kenya, Uganda and Malawi participating in the trials have been recruited.  Project manager Bjarne Robberstad is travelling with PhD candidate Melf-Jakob Kühl to Malawi next month to make first inspection of data and to do some preliminary analyses on household costs and equity implications of the intervention.  Malaria kills more than 400 000 thousand people each year, mostly children, and we are excited to learn how our research can contribute to reduce this burden of disease.

With wishes of a great summer,
Bjarne Robberstad
Professor of Health Economics

Highlighted New Publications
Patient age guide clinical decisions in cancer care
In this paper, Eirik J. Tranvåg and colleagues mappes out the role of patient age in clinical decisions making in cancer care. Findings suggest that patient age is widely used, directly or indirectly - and consciously and unconsciously - to guide clinical decisions.

Tranvåg EJ, Norheim OF, Ottersen T. Clinical decision making in cancer care: a review of current and future role of patint age. BMC cancer, 18(1),546. 
Read also this to-the-point policy brief by Tranvåg.
Appealing to collective benefits of vaccination could encourage people to vaccinate
Using a between-subjects experimental survey design, the researchers tested whether information about the effects of herd immunity influences people's decision to vaccinate. Findings suggest that informing about the collective benefits has an ever stronger effect than informing about the individual benefits.
Newborn health benefits or financial risk protection? An ethical analysis of a real-life dilemma
Using a seven-step ethical analysis, Kristine Onarheim, Ole Frithjof Norheim and Ingrid Miljeteig examine a real-life dilemma faced by families and health workers at the micro level in Ethiopia and analyse the acceptability of limiting treatment for an ill newborn to protect against financial risk.
Onarheim, K. H., Norheim, O. F., & Miljeteig, I. (2018). Newborn health benefits or financial risk protection? An ethical analysis of a real-life dilemma in a setting without universal health coverage. Journal of medical ethics, medethics-2017.

List of all our publications
In the media
Bjarne Robberstad was interviewed at NRK Hordaland radio about malaria prevention on the World Malaria Day, April 25. (in norwegian).

Eirik J. Tranvåg expressed concerns about government decision of funding expensive proton centres, and criticised the process leading to this decision in an interview with Dagens Medisin (norwegian)

Tranvåg also published an opinion piece in Dagens Medisin (norwegian), pushing the need for openness regarding costs of developing new drugs, results from clinical studies and the decisions making processes.

Ole Frithjof Norheim published an opinion piece in Dagens Medisin (norwegian) about gene editing, promoting his view on responsible use of CRISPR-technology.

Blog post in Journal of Medical Ethics "Saving the baby or the family"? by Kristine Onarheim, Ole Frithjof Norheim and Ingrid Miljeteig. Questions are raised to whether it is acceptable for the family, the society and for health professionals to limit treatment for the baby in order to protect the family against such costs.

Ole Frithjof Norheim was interviewed about Universal Health Coverage by the Journal of Health Systems & Reform.

Carl Tollef Solberg was interviewed by UiB newspaper "På høyden" about his PhD and questions regarding his views on the badness of death.
Other news
One man, 1000 patients and 100, 000 tasks
Kjell Arne Johansson has now spent nearly one year at Zanzibar, working with strenghtening the treatment of patients with severe mental illness and serious drug addiction (LAR- treatment). In this engaging article  you can read more about his work at the Kidongo Chekundu-hospital.
Bergen Summer Research School - led by Ole Frithjof Norheim
For the eleventh consecutive year, almost one hundred PhD candidates from all over the world found their way to Bergen to tackle global challenges. This year, fair priority-setting in global health, was one of the central topics explored. Read more about the BSRS 2018 here.

Launch of report "Rethinking Society for the 21st Century" 
The report is a product of four years of work by the International Panel in Social Progress (IPSP) and contains contributions from more than 300 authors. It was lauched at Bergen Summer Reseach School, organised by GHP. Ole Frithjof Norheim contributed as Lead author of Chapter 18) Global Health and The Changing Contours of Human Life; and Chapter 22) The Contributions of Social Sciences to Policy and Institutional Change.
Jobiba Chinkhumba defended his PhD
Dissertation: “Economic analysis of Results-based financing in Malawi. Strengthening the evidence base for alternative maternal and perinatal Healthcare funding”. Main supervisor was Professor Bjarne Robberstad
and co-supervisor was Professor Manuela De Allegri. We congratulate Jobiba!

August, 20. 2018:
GHP is arranging User Forum for the project: Inclusive Evaluation of Public Healthg Interventions, Oslo.

September 13.-18. 2018:
Priorities 2018 - International Society on Priorities in Health (GHP will be presenting). Lindkoping, Sweden.

October 16.- 18. 2018:
National Public Health Conference (GHP will present at the pre-conference 15. October). Bergen.

October 8.-12. 2018:
HSR 2018, 5th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (GHP will be presenting). Liverpool, England.

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