Lise Rosendal Østergaard PhD fellow, University of Copenhagen

I hold a Master in International Development Studies and a Master in International Health. Currently I am employed as a PhD fellow at the Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen where I am a part of the Danida funded project ‘Fragile Futures: Rural Lives in Times of Conflict’. This project explores health systems in Burkina Faso and how people in rural areas build trust in the state through their perceptions of and interactions with state-sponsored health services, especially in the aftermath of a national conflict in the health care sector. I bring experience from my previous employments for the UN (UNFPA national and regional office in West Africa) development NGOs and NGO networks (Sex og Samfund), from Danida (TAS) and various consultancies (the World Bank, NGO Forum, Danish Mission Council Development Department) as well as a teacher and supervisor at various departments of the University of Copenhagen in the field of HIV and AIDS and sexual and reproductive health and rights.

  • A book that is a must-read for everybody interested in Global Health?

    Things Fall Apart

  • A Global Health related book that I am reading at the moment?

    Rosskam Ellen & Kickbusch Ilona: “Negotiating and Navigating Global Health: Case Studies in Global Health Diplomacy” and Joaoa Biehl & Adriana Petryna (2013): “When People Come First: Critical Studies in Global Health”. It has a wonderful website with dialogue between the authors on short statements and a full list of questions related to book for teaching.

  • The most important question that has not yet been answered in the field of Global Health?

    A question that I am grappling with is how we can use peoples’ perspectives and experiences to actually improve global health practices in a situation where we have increased funding, better basic science and a panoply of new technical interventions but still find that people do not access the health care they need – especially in rural areas.

  • WEBSITES THAT EVERYBODY INTERESTED IN GLOBAL HEALTH MUST VISIT?

    “When People Come First: Critical Studies in Global Health”. It has a wonderful website with dialogue between the authors on short statements and a full list of questions related to book for teaching

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