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CISMAC - Centre for Intervention Science in Maternal and Child Health


The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has been a partner of the Centre for Intervention Science in Maternal and Child Health – CISMAC - since 2013. The main goal of CISMAC is to support research to improve health and survival of mothers and children.

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CISMAC is an international consortium, anchored at the Centre for International Health at the University of Bergen in Norway and financed by Norwegian Research Council (2013-2020). The Norwegian Institute of Public Health is involved as a partner, along with the World Health Organization and other international research institutions in low- and middle-income countries such as Ethiopia, India, Nepal, South Africa, Uganda, and Zambia. Through the eRegistries project at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, the CISMAC partnership has extended to countries like Palestine and Bangladesh.

CISMAC is a long-term consortium and aspires to be a global leader in the research field of maternal, neonatal and child health intervention.

Vision and goal

CISMAC’s mission is to create and support a sustainable global network of institutions and individuals who perform high-quality research to develop, test and implement interventions to improve maternal, newborn and child health in low-and middle-income countries. The ultimate aim is to translate the evidence into policy and practice and reduce inequities by.

  • conducting and supporting cutting-edge research
  • creating mechanisms for sustained and expanded collaboration
  • strengthening research capacity and leadership
  • influencing policy and programme action

Intervention studies

CISMAC performs intervention studies, i.e. studies that estimate the effect of various actions to improve health. An intervention could be for example the delivery of a vaccination programme, guidelines for breastfeeding or nutrition recommendations. Intervention trials addressing maternal, neonatal and child health will be conducted to generate evidence on how to effectively and equitably enhance maternal and child health and child development.

NIPH employees working with CISMAC:

  • Frederik Frøen, chief researcher, Department of International Health
  • Jagrati Jani-Bølstad, researcher, Department of International Health
  • Mahima Venkateswaran, PhD fellow, Department of International Health
  • Sawsan Imseeh , PhD fellow, Department of International Health
  • Ingrid Friberg, researcher, Department of International Health

CISMAC partners:

CISMAC Publications from NIPH researchers


Frøen, JF. 2016. “eRegistries: Electronic registries for maternal and child health.”. BMC Pregnancy and ChildbirthArticle in PubMedAbstract

Heazell, AE. 2016. “Stillbirths: economic and psychosocial consequences.”. LancetArticle in PubMedAbstract

de Bernis, L. 2016. “Stillbirths: ending preventable deaths by 2030.”. LancetArticle in PubMedAbstract

Frøen, JF. 2016. “Stillbirths: progress and unfinished business.”. LancetArticle in PubMedAbstract

Lawn, JE. 2016. “Stillbirths: rates, risk factors, and acceleration towards 2030.”. LancetArticle in PubMedAbstract

Flenady, V. 2016. “Stillbirths: recall to action in high-income countries.”. LancetArticle in PubMedAbstract


Chola, L, et al. 2015. “Cost-Effectiveness of Peer Counselling for the Promotion of Exclusive Breastfeeding in Uganda”. PLoS OneArticle in PubMedAbstract

Nagot, N, et al. 2015. “Extended pre-exposure prophylaxis with lopinavir-ritonavir versus lamivudine to prevent HIV-1 transmission through breastfeeding up to 50 weeks in infants in Africa (ANRS 12174): a randomised controlled trial.”.LancetArticle in PubMedAbstract

Aase, A, et al. 2015. “Salivary IgA from the sublingual compartment as a novel non-invasive proxy for intestinal immune induction”. Mucosal ImmunologyArticle in PubMedAbstract

Singh, P, et al. 2015. “Predictors of Time to Recovery in Infants with Probable Serious Bacterial Infection”. PLOS OneArticle in PubMed hereAbstract

Basnet, S, et al. 2015. “Predictors of Duration and Treatment Failure of Severe Pneumonia in Hospitalized Young Nepalese Children”. PLOS OneArticle in PubMed hereAbstract

Nankabirwa, V, et al. 2015. “Child survival and BCG vaccination: a community based prospective cohort study in Uganda.”.BMC Public HealthArticle in BiomedcentralAbstract