Global challenges: Health, migration and equity

The aim of ECTMIH is to provide an arena for scientists, experts, policy makers and practitioners to share research, ideas, developments and breakthroughs in the field of global health. The main objective of ECTMIH 2021 is to explore global challenges in health, migration and equity. Through plenaries, scientific sessions, workshops, and symposium this year’s conference will focus on the tracks listed below.


A Corona day!

We will have a special day on the topic of corona; discussing the virus, the disease, experiences in laboratories, hospitals, societies, economy, different approaches of prevention – among other things.

The day will be planned by:

Professor T. Tylleskär

Professor Rebecca Cox

                                                                                 Professor Hans Flaatte

                                                                                 CEPI – The Coalition of Epidemic Preparedness Innovations

Track 1. Migration, climate and health

In this track, conference delegates are invited to present and discuss their recent research on migration and/or climate related to health. We understand health in a holistic way, including mental and somatic, within a “health in all policies” framework. We look forward to interdisciplinary and practically oriented discussions. Research projects presenting interventions to improve health for all are especially welcome.

Responsible: Esperanza Diaz

Track 2. HIV, TB, hepatitis, vector-borne and neglected tropical diseases

In this track, conference delegates present and discuss their recent research on prevention, diagnostics, and treatment of infectious diseases, mainly HIV, tuberculosis, hepatitis, vector-borne and neglected tropical diseases. This is also the place for interdisciplinary discussions, bringing together natural, social, and medical sciences.

Responsible: Thorkild Tylleskär, Kurt Hanevik

Track 3. OneHealth, antimicrobial resistance, water and sanitation

The track will discuss health implication of safe water and sanitation. The implications for antimicrobial resistance and One Health will be focused. Safe managed drinking water, sanitation and wastewater treatment are still lacking in many parts of the world and open defecation is still practiced by millions of people and presents a serious health hazard. The track welcomes interdisciplinary discussions and presentations. 

Responsible: Nina Langeland, Tore Sætersdal

Track 4. Universal health coverage, health priorities, public health & health systems, e-health and governance

Conference delegates in this track have a clear focus on health systems and the role they play in fulfilling the promise of Universal Health Coverage (UHC). This includes governance and participation, as well as processes for identifying essential health care interventions and implementing policy around health priorities. Finally, discussions around the use of technology to strengthen health systems will be included. The track recognizes the role that social sciences and the humanities play, and how they intersect with epidemiology, health economics, and health services research.

Responsible: Ana Lorena Ruano, Siri Gloppen, Kjell Arne Johansson

Track 5. Nutrition, NCD’s, mental health, oral health

During this track, conference participants will present and discuss topics with relevance to nutrition, non-communicable diseases, oral health, and mental health with relevance for low- and middle-income countries. We will engage in multidisciplinary discussions and include joint challenges and interconnectedness between the topic areas.  Basic clinical, qualitative, and quantitative research, implementation science and research with relevance for the lifespan is encouraged.

Responsible: Ingunn Engebretsen, Wenche Dageid


Track 6. Disasters, accidents, injuries and global surgery

Injuries and death caused by violence, traffic and occupational hazards are an increasing problem globally. WHO has estimated that trauma kills more people than AIDS, TBC and Malaria together. In a global perspective, surgery has for years been a neglected part of health service and more focus needs to be put on the importance of surgical capacity within health care. We invite you to present and discuss your recent research on disasters, accidents, injuries and global surgery.

Responsible: Morten Lund Johansen, Håkon Bolkan

Track 7. Maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR)

In this track, conference delegates present and discuss their recent research on prevention and treatment of maternal, child and sexual and reproductive health problems. There will be interdisciplinary discussions, bringing together social, medical, and legal sciences.

Responsible: Ingvild F. Sandøy, Karen Marie Moland