In October, the PhD programme started at Hawassa University. This is a joint programme between Hawassa University and the University of Bergen.
Nine students started, and have chosen a research topic, and are working to finalize their research plans. Some of these topics include
- Community-based management of acute malnutrition
- Measuring the occurrence of maternal, neonatal and childhood diseases, and analyze their use of health services (two students)
- Can an intervention to reduce the oral and physical abuse by health workers on women during labour improve the health for the mother and child?
- Does intimate partner violence and depression during pregnancy adversely affect maternal health during delivery, and the health of the newborn?
- To describe the vulnerability to food shortages by examining food insecurity, food intake and nutritional status over one year in Wolaita.
- Is the nutritional transition taking place in Wolaita increasing the occurrence of non-communicable diseases such as hypertension and diabetes?
- Can better use of the iron-rich amaranth plant reduce the occurrence of iron eficiency anaemia?
- School health.