Organized Violence and Institutional Child Delivery

How does local exposure to organized violence impacts whether women give birth in a health facility? Gudrun Østby, Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo PRIO, will discuss her latest findings on armed conflicts and mother health in this Global Health Unpacked breakfast seminar.

Forgotten hospital, poorly taken cared of, shows traces of conflict

Illustration picture, Colourbox

Gudrun Østby, Senior Researcher at PRIO

The conditions under which a mother gives birth greatly affect the health risk of the mother, as well as the child. In this breakfast seminar, Gudrun Østby, will explore how local exposure to organized violence impacts whether women give birth in a health facility.

Gudrun Østby and colleagues' latest research indicates that geographical and temporal proximity to organized violence significantly reduces the likelihood of institutional births. Although the level of maternal health care overall is lower in rural areas, the negative impact of violence appears to be stronger in urban areas. The study further underscores the importance of household and individual resilience, indicating that the effect of organized violence on institutional child delivery is greater among poor and less educated mothers.

On the seminar series "Global Health Unpacked"

“Global Health Unpacked” is a seminar series that aims to bring together the global health community on a regular basis to critically discuss key debates in Global Health in informal and interactive seminars. Guest speakers (both from the University of Oslo and from other universities) will bring an original perspective to the topic and engage in a conversation with the audience.

With this forum, we also hope to facilitate exchanges and collaborations between global health researchers and students present in Oslo and foster interdisciplinary research. “Global Health Unpacked” is jointly organized by the research group Power and Politics of Global Health, Centre for Development and the Environment and the UiO Centre for Global Health.

Published Jan. 30, 2018 1:17 PM - Last modified Dec. 3, 2018 11:49 AM