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The multidisciplinary eRegistries team includes experts in maternal and child health research, implementation, technology, medicine and public health. The eRegistries Initiative is based in the reproductive, maternal, and child health team in the Department of Health Services - Global Health at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (Folkehelseinstituttet) , in Oslo Norway.

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The multidisciplinary eRegistries team includes experts in maternal and child health research, implementation, technology, medicine and public health. The eRegistries Initiative is based in the reproductive, maternal, and child health team in the Department of Health Services - Global Health at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (Folkehelseinstituttet) , in Oslo Norway.


Our team

 
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J. Frederik Frøen

Head of Research. Dr. Frøen is the eRegistries Initiative director and responsible for all aspects of research and implementation. He oversees the integration and integrity of the research and implementation phases of the Palestine and Bangladesh projects, while also supervising the PhD students.  He heads the reproductive, maternal and child health team within the Department of Health Services – Global Health and collaborates with the Center for Intervention Science for Maternal and Child Health (CISMAC) at the University of Bergen. He is a former Fulbright visiting professor of maternal-fetal medicine at Brigham and women’s hospital, Boston, USA and visiting lecturer in obstetrics at Harvard Medical School. He received his MD from the University of Bergen and PhDs in pediatrics and obstetrics from the University of Oslo.

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Brian O'Donnell

Senior Adviser. Brian is an implementation advisor for the team’s maternal health projects in Palestine and Bangladesh, with an emphasis on developing novel technologies for delivering targeted feedback to patients and clinicians. Prior to e-Registries, he managed mobile-to-web DHIS2 implementations in Zambia, and worked on a variety of research projects related to information systems in less developed contexts. Brian holds an MPA from the University of Texas at Austin, and was previously a Global Health Corps fellow.

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Kjersti Mørkrid Blom-Bakke

Postdoctoral Fellow. Kjersti is the research specialist coordinating all research in Palestine. Kjersti has studied diabetes peripheral neuropathy at BIRDEM hospital, Bangladesh. She received her PhD in public health from the University of Oslo, and her thesis evaluated ethnic differences in gestational diabetes.

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Ingvild Fjeldheim

Senior Adviser. Ingvild is a medical doctor (MD from University of Oslo), with a specialization in Public Health, and serves as the clinical content development lead for eRegistries in Palestine and Bangladesh for modules in Antenatal Care, Care at Birth (Bangladesh only), Postpartum Care and Newborn care. She works closely with local partners on this development including the Palestinian Institute of Public Health, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh and with the Health Information System team at the University of Oslo.  Ingvild is also the Course Committee Leader for the annual course in global health for the Norwegian Medical Association`s Public Health Association.  

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Akuba Dolphyne 

 

Senior Adviser.  Akuba serves as an implementation advisor for eRegistries projects worldwide.  Most recently, she has been working on the team's project in Bangladesh.  Akuba has a MSc in Public Health from the University of Indiana, Bloomington.

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Fatema Khatun

Research Affiliate. Fatema is a research specialist involves in Bangladesh eRegistries project. She worked with the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) on  disease surveillance, implementation research, health systems research, eHealth/mHealth. Fatema is a Medical Doctor with M. Sc. in International Health. She received her PhD from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia and her thesis was on community readiness for mHealth intervention in rural Bangladesh.       

 

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Tara Kelly Dolgner

Team Coordinator.  Tara is a senior adviser who coordinates the eRegistries team’s day-to-day activities including monitoring of daily operations, reporting, finance, recruiting and personnel actions.  She also collaborates with colleagues on identifying and applying to applicable grants, as well as, supporting partner organization relationships and any additional project management needs for all eRegistries’ projects. Tara received her MA in Public Anthropology from American University and prior to moving to Norway, worked for 12 years with the US Federal Government.

 

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Mahima Venkateswaran 

Project Manager – Research. Mahima is a researcher affiliate with the Centre for Intervention Science in Maternal and Child Health at the University of Bergen. She is currently involved in the randomized controlled trials of the eRegistry in Bangladesh and Palestine. She is a medical doctor from India with a Master of Science in Global Health from Maastricht University, The Netherlands. She completed her doctoral education at the University of Bergen in the eRegistry project.

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Binyam Bogale Bungudo

PhD Student. Binyam is a doctoral student affiliated with the Centre for Intervention Science in Maternal and Child Health (CISMAC) at the University of Bergen. He is involved in the randomized controlled trial focusing on Behavioral Change Communication to pregnant women and Feedback to Healthcare providers using the eRegistry platform in Palestine. The trial requires the development of theory-based, contextualized, individualized information for BCC and feedback and ultimately testing its effectiveness on maternal and child health outcomes.  Binyam holds MPH in Reproductive Health from Jimma University, Ethiopia and MSc in International Health from Uppsala University, Sweden.

 

 

Funders

The eRegistries Initiative is grateful for the financial support provided by our funders.

Partners

The eRegistries Initiative is grateful for the contributions of our global partners.

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