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Ambassador brainstorm

The Norwegian Ambassador to South Africa, Ms Trine Skymoen met with BRIGHT’s Dr Eyrun Kjetland and the consequences of Female Genital Schistosomiasis (FGS, Bilharzia) for millions of African women was discussed together with the Minister Counsellor Ola Brevik and Second Secretary Øyvind F. Vangberg. The women at risk are those who have once in their lifetime or more, been in contact with waterbodies such as rivers, streams, lakes or dams. The research done by BRIGHT is unique, not only in South Africa but in the world and will uncover aspects of the FGS that will be useful the whole of rural Africa. The Norwegian Embassy in South Africa is not mandated to work with health issues but the participants at the meeting brainstormed possibilities for advocacy, sharing knowledge and resources. Being based in middle income South Africa the project falls outside the scope of many donors even though the disease in question is a typical third world disease. Norwegians, Dutch, Danish and Belgian students have learned to become international, competent researchers through the project. Moreover, the project has trained many South Africans and is currently workplace to 20-30 highly skilled South... read more

PhD in the pipeline

Medical doctor Elisabeth Kleppa has completed her field work, published 3 articles as a first author and co-authored some more. She will defend her thesis on December 14th 2015 at the University of Oslo. The title of her thesis is: HIV SUSCEPTIBILITY RELATED TO HIV TARGET CELLS AND CERVICAL ECTOPY, A STUDY OF YOUNG SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN LIVING IN A RURAL AREA ENDEMIC OF UROGENITAL... read more

Student in exchange to Norway

Anele Kwitshana (back row, 4th position from the right) spent the summer in Oslo, Norway studying gender equality in the Nordic countries. Anele Kwitshana holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Human Resource Management & Media and in Oslo she got the opportunity to work with FGS research through the Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange... read more
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