person:Christina Sylwander, coordinator
for International activities Contact person within the Nursing
Division (omvårdnad): Asst. Prof. Marita
Widar (photo to the right), PhD, RNT; phone: +46 (0)19
30 36 47.
Marita Widar has earlier, during the 1970’s worked for six years
in Afghanistan, for the
International Assistance Mission, IAM, an organisation that has been
actively involved in humanitarian assistance activities in the country
for more than 35 years.
Marita Widar will soon retire from her position at Örebro University.
The School of Health and Medical Sciences is one of the largest departments at Örebro University. It was formed in 2007, when the Department of Health Sciences and the Department of clinical medicine merged to create a new dynamic and multidisciplinary research environment.
Exchange programmes with India:
The Division of Nursing within the
Department of Caring Sciences has had an exchange of teachers
and students through the Linnaeus Palme
exhange programme since 2000, and it has recently been extended
to last until 2008. In India the collaborating partner institution
is the College of Nursing at Christian
Medical College (CMC) in Vellore, Tamil Nadu.
at the College of Nursing in Vellore is considered to be of an outstanding
quality in India, and this has also been acknowledged by the World
Health Organisation, WHO.
During the Fall 2004 four students from the College of
Nursing (CMC) studied Oncology and Palliative care within the Division
of Nursing in Örebro, and two Swedish students studied Community
Health at College of Nursing (CMC) during the spring 2005.
The exchange programme is now running very smooth. During the Fall 2006
four students in each direction were able to participate. The Indian students
were very well prepared, and for the first time they could also join a
course in research methodology, and then write excellent 10 credits papers
on Bachelors level.
Marita Widar has been a visiting faculty at the College of Nursing
in Vellore, and taught regularly in various subjects, including Information
Retrieval, and also supervised Masters students doing their theses. She
spent three weeks during January-February 2007 in Vellore, where she
met the new Dean of the College, Mrs. Bharathy Jacob.
The Indian contact person in charge of the exchange activities
at CMC has otherwise been Dr. Premila Lee, specialised
in Surgical Nursing and who defended her doctoral dissertation about
Breast Cancer in 2006. She visited Örebro
University during the Spring 2007. On 7 May 2007, she lectured in Örebro
Organization of Community Health and Common Health Problems & Communicable
Diseases in India”.
Vellore hospital is currently being renovated and upgraded. Today it
has around 4 000 polyclinical patients every day. In February 2007 the
first building stones were laid for the construction a new Nursing College.
It is being funded partly with assistance from a solidarity organisation
called the Friends of Vellore (existing both in the UK and in Sweden).
The former Dean, Dr Punitha
Eshilarazu (photo to the left),
who visited Örebro University in October 2004, and worked as a guest
teacher (besides holding a couple of lectures for the students on ”Health
Problems and Common Diseases in India”, and ”Geriatric
Care in India”) is now responsible
for further education and research. She has been able to procure WHO
funding for a modern technical equipment for distance education in connection
with other universities. A programme for joint further education is run
in collaboration with three other universities.
Other Linnaeus Palme programmes
In 2007, the Department of Health Sciences at Örebro University established a second exchange project with Vellore. This time
is dealt with the training of occupational therapists. The contact person
on the Swedish side was Assistant Professor Kajsa
Within the field of Biomedicine, the Dept. of Clinical Medicine also has had a Linnaeus Palme Exchange programme with the Christian Medical College (CMC)
in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India. It has included an exchange of teachers
During 2007, a teacher from the X-Ray Assistant
Programme in Vellore was invited to come to Örebro, and a Swedish teacher
went to Vellore.
The collaboration project has got continued funding for the period 2009-10. More information about the South Asia related Linnaeus Palme projects for 2009-10.