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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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Mike Frost

Senior Advisor. Mike is a public health technology specialist leading implementation activities for the eRegistries Initiative. He has previously acted as project manager for the creation and implementation of various health technologies in Liberia, Ghana, Guatemala, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nigeria, Tanzania, the United States, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Mike is a featured presenter for the USAID Mobile Data Solutions course, DHIS2 Expert Academies and has guest lectured at the schools of public health at Harvard, Johns Hopkins and George Washington University.

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Ingrid K. Friberg
Senior Researcher. Ingrid is a research specialist leading the eRegistries implementation and clinical trial in Bangladesh with the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b). Previously, she was part of the Lives Saved Tool (LiST) team, with roles ranging from development support, training, and analyses on the country and global levels. She received her PhD from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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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 Advisor. 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.  


Akuba Dolphyne 


Senior Advisor.  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.

Fatema Khatun

Postdoctoral Fellow. 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.       



Tara Kelly Dolgner

Team Coordinator.  Tara is a senior advisor 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.


Mahima Venkateswaran 

PhD Student. Mahima is a doctoral student affiliated with the Centre for Intervention Science in Maternal and Child Health (CISMAC) at the University of Bergen. She is involved in the randomized controlled trials in Palestine, with emphasis on study methodology, interactive checklists and clinical decision support. She also contributes to developing the clinical content of the eRegistries. She is a medical doctor from India with a Master of Science in Global Health from Maastricht University, The Netherlands.

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.




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


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