Mellander, Professor in International
Medicine, phone: +46 (0)31
37 46 69
Research connected to South Asia
The department was involved in the
major long-term research and research training project on Early
Child Health in Lahore carried out during the years 1976
to 1995 in collaboration with several other Swedish and International
departments, with support from Sida/SAREC. The aim of the project
was to do a ”community based prospective study to get accurate
information about child health determinants” from four different
socio-economic areas of living representing different degrees of
urbanisation in and around the city of Lahore1. Many parameters
were studied including: growth and development, nutrition, clinical
genetics, infectious diseases, immunology and psychosocial aspects.
The studies showed differences between the village and the urban
slum. For example, higher income per capita in the urban slum,
higher illiteracy among mothers and fathers in the village, a generally
higher status of the father”s occupation in the urban slum and
also better sanitary conditions in the urban slum Prof. Lotta Mellander
was a key person in the project. More information
about the Lahore project.
As an outcome of this project the department
has continued to be engaged in a long-term collaboration on research
and education with the Department of Social and Preventive Paediatrics
at King Edward Medical University (KEMU)
in Lahore, Pakistan. The collaboration is concentrated on yearly
medical student exchange between Göteborg
and Lahore, and a follow-up studies of the effects of prenatal
growth retardation, which was seen in up to 30 % of the material.
The main contact person at KEMU has been Dr
Shakila Zaman at
the Dept. of Social and Preventive Peaditrics.
Every year 10 credits courses in International Medicine
with an introduction to Development studies are organised by
the department. The course leader is Prof. Lotta
courses, carried out during the tenth semester of the training
for medical doctors, include three weeks of study and work at a
university hospital in either Africa (Tanzania) or Asia.