Research and educational activities connected to South
Dr. Koustuv Dalal (photo to the left) is a M.Sc. in Health Economics originally from Kolkata,
India. He has previously connected to the Division of Social Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska
Institutet, Stockholm. There he received
a prestigious research grant together with Dr. Bjarne Jansson, given by the Swedish Research Council. The research
project was entitled ”Violence in low-income
countries: In search of causes and socio-economic effects”.
In April 2006, Koustuv Dalal won the best scientific paper award of the 8th
World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion, held in
Durban, South Africa. It was the largest conference in the
field of injury prevention and safety promotion. Koustuv’s paper
dealt with cost calculation of violence (injury) in developing countries.
Most families in developing countries are dependent on one persons’ income.
If that person is injured then the whole family is affected. Considering
those conditions, in his model Koustuv has introduced six new variables
and negated the traditional concepts of cost calculation of injury, using
by several experts including WHO mannual. Koustuv has tested this model
in India and shown that the traditional system has under-estimated the
cost of injury by about 80%.
In December 2009, after coming to Linköping University, Koustuv Dalal received SEK 600 000 as a three-year International Collaborative Research Grant from the Swedish Research Links programme (funded by Sida and the Swedish Research Council) for a Bangladesh related project, entitled ”Health and Injury Problems among Child Labourers in Bangladesh: a Health Economic study”. See the full list of South Asia related projects given Swedish Research Links grants 2009.
The research project will be carried out in collaboration with Dr. Fazlur Rahman, Centre for Injury Prevention and Research (CIPRB) in Dhaka.
CIPRB focuses on the fact that injuries is a silent epidemic in Bangladesh that steals the lives, hopes and dreams of its victims. Every year 70,000 people die from preventable injury in the country. Of these, 30,000 are children, making injury the leading cause of death among those aged 1 to 17. These injuries include road and traffic accidents, falls, cuts, burns and drowning. Drowning alone claims the lives of 17,000 children each year. Formed in 2005, CIPRB is dedicated to reducing the incidence of injury, death and disability from preventable accidents in low income and developing countries.
Earlier South Asia projects at the department
The Division of Occupational and Environmental
Medicine in Linköping has had a very active scientific collaboration
with different institutes in Bangladesh for many years, especially regarding medical effects of
high arsenic levels in the drinking water. Earlier, Dr. Martin Tondel worked at the department. By training he is a physician and has been involved
in arsenic research, and for that reason he visited Bangladesh. Dr. Tondel left the department in 2007, and is now working at
the Dept. of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Sahlgrenska Academy, Göteborg University.
In 1999 a PhD candidate from Bangladesh, Mahfuzar
Rahman (photo to the right), defended his thesis
Health Effects of Arsenic Exposure”. He is now working at
International Centre for Diarrhoeal
Disease Research (ICDDR,B) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Division of
Occupational and Environmental Medicine still keep close contact with
dr Rahman who regularly visits Sweden.
Some of the publications on arsenic research from the Division (more can be found on the home
1. Rahman M, Tondel M, Ahmad SA, Axelson O. Diabetes
mellitus associated with arsenic exposure in Bangladesh. Am J Epidemiol,
2. Rahman M, Tondel M, Chowdhury IA, Axelson O. Relations between exposure
to arsenic, skin lesions, and glucosuria. Occup Environ Me, 1999;56:277-281.
3. Rahman M, Tondel M, Ahmad SA, Chowdhury IA, Faruquee MH, Axelson
O. Hypertension and arsenic exposure in Bangladesh. Hypertension 1999;33:74-78.
4. Tondel M, Rahman M, Magnuson A, Chowdhury IA, Faruquee MH, Ahmad
SA. The relationship of arsenic levels in drinking water and the prevalence
rate of skin lesions in Bangladesh. Environ Health Perspect 1999;107:727-729.
On one of his frequent visits to the Indian subcontinent, Dr. Tondel also established
contacts with the Centre for Occupational and Environmental
Health in New Delhi, India, and he was instrumental in the establishment of a university course in Global Medicine at Linköping
University. The courses have been run in collaboration with the Pravara Institute of
Medical Sciences in Loni, Maharashtra, India. Dr. Martin Tondel has supervised a large number of Swedish students going on field
trips to Loni. More information about the Pravara Institute of
Furthermore, Martin Tondel is also actively working with the organisation
Svenska Läkare mot Kärnvapen,
the Swedish section of International Physicians for the Prevention of
Nuclear War (IPPNW). In this capacity Dr. Tondel has visited India and
Pakistan several times with International delegations arguing for nuclear
disarmament in South Asia.