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
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
- Complete list of CISMAC partners (University of Bergen)
CISMAC Publications from NIPH researchers
Frøen, JF. 2016. “eRegistries: Electronic registries for maternal and child health.”. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. Article in PubMedAbstract
Heazell, AE. 2016. “Stillbirths: economic and psychosocial consequences.”. Lancet. Article in PubMedAbstract
Lawn, JE. 2016. “Stillbirths: rates, risk factors, and acceleration towards 2030.”. Lancet. Article in PubMedAbstract
Flenady, V. 2016. “Stillbirths: recall to action in high-income countries.”. Lancet. Article in PubMedAbstract
Chola, L, et al. 2015. “Cost-Effectiveness of Peer Counselling for the Promotion of Exclusive Breastfeeding in Uganda”. PLoS One. Article 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.”.Lancet. Article in PubMedAbstract
Aase, A, et al. 2015. “Salivary IgA from the sublingual compartment as a novel non-invasive proxy for intestinal immune induction”. Mucosal Immunology. Article in PubMedAbstract
Singh, P, et al. 2015. “Predictors of Time to Recovery in Infants with Probable Serious Bacterial Infection”. PLOS One. Article in PubMed hereAbstract
Basnet, S, et al. 2015. “Predictors of Duration and Treatment Failure of Severe Pneumonia in Hospitalized Young Nepalese Children”. PLOS One. Article in PubMed hereAbstract
Nankabirwa, V, et al. 2015. “Child survival and BCG vaccination: a community based prospective cohort study in Uganda.”.BMC Public Health. Article in BiomedcentralAbstract