General Assembly for Forum on April 2

Norwegian Forum for Global Health Research will hold their annual General Assembly with election of new board on April 2, 2019, at Scandic Bergen City; Håkonsgaten 2-7, Bergen.

Agenda General Assembly

Tuesday 2/4 at 1615-1730

  1. Welcome and opening
  2. Appointment of Chair for the meeting
  3. Appointment of 2 count takers
  4. Approval of the agenda
  5. Approval of minutes General Assembly April 11, 2018, Oslo
    (attachment 1 – minutes from 2018 General Assembly)
    (attachment 2 – statutes updated March 11, 2018)
  6. Report from the Board 2016-2018
    The report includes a financial statement and suggestions for future work in Forum (attachment 3)
  7. Election of new board 2019 – 2021
    Proposal from the election committee
  8. Election of new Election Committee
  9. Forum’s future – for discussion
    -Vision/profile for Forum
    -Relationship with Global Health Norway
    -Funding/membership fee


Grand Challenge Follow-up: OpenIDEO Vaccine Delivery Challenges

Information about two recent OpenIDEO calls. You are invited to join the Accelerating Coverage for Rapid Immunisation Challenge, in collaboration with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. The goal of the Challenge is to find new solutions to the question, “How might we harness technology to bring quality immunisation services to mobile urban populations, reduce outbreaks and improve primary healthcare?”

Solutions can be submitted to the Challenge now through March 20 and the solutions chosen in the final rounds of selection will be announced in July, 2019. The final “INFUSE pacesetters” will have the opportunity to work in collaboration with Gavi to develop a plan for accelerating and scaling their innovations in the 73 Gavi-supported countries.

Additionally, the submission deadline for the Empowering Caregivers in Immunization Innovation Challenge, sponsored by the Gates Foundation, has been extended. The goal of this Challenge is to find new solutions to the question, “How might we empower caregivers to seek and fully utilize immunization services in their communities?”  Ideas can be submitted to the Challenge now through March 17. Winners will be considered for further partnership with Gates Foundation and will receive a share of a $50,000 prize.

Feel free to share the INFUSE and Gates Challenge Briefs with your respective networks of innovators.

The Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) has an open position to lead implementation research


The objective of the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) is to foster an effective global research effort on infectious
diseases of poverty in which disease endemic countries play a pivotal role. The objective of the unit is to foster partnerships and collaborations in order to develop,
evaluate and optimize intervention and implementation research that generates evidence for the control and/prelimination of diseases of poverty.

Find information here

11th European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health (ECTMIH 2019)

Every two years, ECTMIH brings together more than 1,500 scientists and experts from across the world. The Congress provides a platform for sharing research and innovation in the field of tropical medicine and global health. Contacts are made, networks are strengthened, and new partnerships are formed.It also acts as a forum for reflection on the role of tropical medicine and global health, taking into account the biggest trends of the twenty-first century, such as human migration and climate change.

Call for abstracts is now open – Deadline 1 February 2019

Read more about the conference and register here

Presentation of Norwegian Forum for Global Health Research

The aim of the Forum is to promote high quality research, education and training aiming at improving health and health care for marginalized population groups in low- and middle income countries.

The Norwegian Forum for Global Health Research (Forum) was initiated in 2005 as an interdisciplinary network of individuals and Norwegian institutions working with, or having an interest in, global health and health research. From 2018 the Forum is an autonomous advisory body to Global Health Norway and other institutions on policy formulation and scientific input.

The Forum’s statutes were approved by the first General Assembly November 16th, 2006.  The purpose of the Forum is to promote research and education of high quality with the aim of improving health and health services for marginalized population groups in low and middle-income countries.

A common platform for collaboration was needed to consolidate global health as a field of academic studies. The Forum is now an arena for exchanging ideas and views on research and methodology, and for collaboration on issues related to academic training and curriculum development.

The Forum’s constituency consists of universities, university colleges, public and private research institutes without an educational mandate, in addition to individual members. Governmental bodies such as the Research Council of Norway (RCN), the Norwegian Directorate of Health, and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) have been supportively involved in the Forum work and development from the start and are represented as observers to the Forum Board. The Forum has received continuous financial support from the GLOBVAC programme (RCN).