Morten Sodemann Professor, University of Southern Denmark

I am a Professor in Global and Migrant Health at the Center for Global Health, Clinical Institute, University of Southern Denmark. I am also MD, Senior consultant in Infectious diseases and Head of the Migrant Health Clinic at the Department of Infectious Diseases, Odense University Hospital. The research for my PhD in tropical epidemiology was done at the Bandim Health Project. My fields of expertise include case management of childhood illness, health systems research, HIV and TB epidemiology, as well as longitudinal demographic health surveillance in Guinea-Bissau and Uganda.

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

    Sendihl Mullainathan & Eldar Shafir. Scarcity: Why having too little means so much.

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

    Alanna Shaikh: What’s killing us. A practical guide to Understanding Our Biggest Global Health problems. Dave Gwatkin. 10 best sources on equity in health.

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

    Why do we let moral, religion and short sighted politics win over facts, scientific evidence and common sense when it comes to the most vulnerable groups? Vulnerable groups always tend to live in danger zones: climate sensitive areas, deprived areas, legally and administratively fragile areas, drought risk areas, low fertile land, minorities without basic human rights, women without access to land, social mobility impossible, no access to school education and far from public services or simply caught chronically between two sides of an armed conflict. The social groups that are in most need of basic rights are farthest away from them and are more likely to have to pay unofficial fees to obtain them. This is scientific evidence but why doesn’t it crystalize into pro-poor action at national levels. Why do we expose those most in need of long term stability to the ever changing fashions and moods of moral, religion and politics? That is the unanswered question.


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