Working interdisciplinary to improve countries\' health systems
Name: Anna-Karin Hurtig
Anna-Karin Hurtig is working with scientists in several countries in Africa and Latin America in interdisciplinary projects to strengthen the national health systems in these countries. The goals of a health system is to encourage improved health of the population, social and economic protection and responsiveness to people\'s expectations.
A health system consists of many parts that must interact for these goals to be achieved. Care can not be given without health care professionals and this requires leadership to allocate and manage the resources. A rights-based approach is essential to improve access, quality and equality within different health systems. Today, there are many interventions and medicines that can prevent and cure diseases, but it also requires well-functioning health systems to reach out.
There is a huge lack of human resources in the health sector in many parts of the world. Anna-Karin Hurtig is engaged in studies on how voluntary health workers in villages can interact with the formal health system in Zambia and Guatemala, as well as in Tanzania, where she studies the impact of decentralization on rural maternal and child health. She also runs research projects on how tuberculosis and HIV programmes can be coordinated with one another to achieve an improved health care.
Facts about Anna-Karin Hurtig
Anna-Karin Hurtig was born in 1966 and grew up in Sjövik in Lerum Municipality. She studied medicine at the University of Gothenburg and became a licensed physician in 1995. She received her PhD at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2000 with a dissertation on the control of tuberculosis in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal.
Since 2005, Anna-Karin Hurtig is a senior lecturer at the Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Division of Epidemiology and Global Health at Umeå University.
Anna-Karin Hurtig, who became associate professor in 2008, is the leader of the theme Strengthening Primary Health Care: The Roles of rights, ethics and economic analyzes at the Umeå Centre for Global Health Research. Since 2008 she is the coordinator of the national research school in global health.
Anna-Karin Hurtig is a board member of the Swedish social medical association. Since 1 November 2012 she is a professor in public health.