School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University
Postal address: Institutionen för hälsovetenskap och medicin, Örebro universitet, SE-701 82 Örebro, Sweden
Visiting address: Prismahuset, Fakultetsgatan 1
Web page: http://www.oru.se/English/Schools/School-of-Health-and-Medical-Sciences/
The School of Health and Medical Sciences is one of the largest departments at Örebro University. It was formed in 2007, when the Department of Health Sciences and the Department of clinical medicine merged to create a new dynamic and multidisciplinary research environment. It now consists of 11 divisions, out of which a few are involved in South Asia related activites:
In the spring 2012, the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research (FAS) announced a special call for proposals for arranging workshops/hearings to explore future research co-operation specifically with India. The purpose was to facilitate contact and the exchange of experience between Swedish and Indian researchers; to bring knowledge from the international research community to Swedish research; and to be of considerable value to research in FAS’ areas of responsibility. Decisions were taken on 3 October 2012. Go for the decisions.
Professor Berth Danermark at the Division of Hearing Science received SEK 394 000 to organise an Indo-Swedish workshop entitled ”Hearing Loss and Hearing Health Care”. The purpose of the workshop is to facilitate interaction of experts through visits to significant centers and hosting workshop in India and Sweden, respectively, and to prepare research proposals of mutual relevance to study persons with hearing loss in ICF Core Sets for Hearing Loss framework. The hosting institutes are the Swedish Institute for Disability Research (SIDR) at Linköping University & the Audiological Research Centre at Örebro University Hospital; and Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped (AYJNIHH) based in Mumbai. This is an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India.
Professor Berth Danermark, SIDR and Professor R. Rangasayee, Director of AYJNIHH are heading the workshop. The workshop will be divided into two sections. The first will take place in Sweden and during this meeting coming research interests will be identified. The second meeting will take place in India. In the mean time the two teams will further develop the identified research topics and during the second meeting the most important topics will be given priority and research applications will be drafted.
Associate Professor Marita Widar was in charge of the collaboration.
The training at the College of Nursing in Vellore is considered to be of an outstanding quality in India, and this has also been acknowledged by the World Health Organisation, WHO.
The Swedish magazine Omvårdaren (No 3/2005) published an article about the department’s Indian collaboration project, includng an interview with Marita Widar. Read the article, titled ”Fortsatt satsning på samarbetet med Indien”.
Marita Widar has been a visiting faculty at the College of Nursing in Vellore, and taught regularly in various subjects, including Information Retrieval, and also supervised Masters students doing their theses. She spent three weeks during January-February 2007 in Vellore, where she met the new Dean of the College, Mrs. Bharathy Jacob.
The Indian contact person in charge of the exchange activities at CMC has otherwise been Dr.
The Vellore hospital has around 4 000 polyclinical patients every day. In February 2007 the first building stones were laid for the construction a new Nursing College. It was being funded partly with assistance from a solidarity organisation called the Friends of Vellore (existing both in the UK and in Sweden).
The former Dean, Dr Punitha Eshilarazu (photo to the left), who visited Örebro University in October 2004, and worked as a guest teacher (besides holding a couple of lectures for the students on ”Health Problems and Common Diseases in India”, and ”Geriatric Care in India”) has been responsible for further education and research. She has been able to procure WHO funding for a modern technical equipment for distance education in connection with other universities. A programme for joint further education is run in collaboration with three other universities.
In 2007, the Department of Health Sciences at Örebro University established a second Linnaeus Palme exchange project with Vellore. This time it dealt with the training of occupational therapists. The contact person on the Swedish side was Assistant Professor Kajsa Lidström Holmqvist.
Within the field of Biomedicine, the Dept. of Clinical Medicine also has had a Linnaeus Palme Exchange programme with the Christian Medical College (CMC) in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India. It has included an exchange of teachers and students. During 2007, a teacher from the X-Ray Assistant Programme in Vellore was invited to come to Örebro, and a Swedish teacher went to Vellore. The funding for this project was further renewed during 2010-11. More information about the South Asia related Linnaeus Palme projects for 2010-11.