PhD Candidate - University of Bergen
Towards equitable access to child health care: An empirical and ethical analysis of decision making in child health in Ethiopia
In my PhD project, I study decision making and priority setting in child health in Ethiopia. Drawing upon empirical and ethical analysis I explore:
1) Intra-household resource allocation when a newborn is ill: Perceptions, norms and values on family decision making and health care seeking for newborns
2) Intra-household trade-offs between health and welfare: Exploring family priorities and financial coping strategies when newborn fall ill
3) An ethical analysis of trading health versus welfare: Implications for priority setting in child health on the path to universal health coverage
The stay at the Brocher foundation will be used for in-depth study and work on the last paper of my thesis.
Kristine Husøy Onarheim is a medical doctor. She is currently in her final year of her PhD at the Global Health Priorities Research group at the University of Bergen in Norway. Her research focus on priority setting in global health and bioethics, where her previous work has been on children’s health, women’s health and access to medicines. Her PhD project focuses on priority setting and intra-household resource allocation on child health. Using qualitative and ethical analysis, she studies decision making at national, local and family level in Ethiopia. Her PhD thesis draws upon fields ranging from medicine and public health to bioethics, economics, and anthropology.
Dr. Onarheim has been a visiting scientist at Harvard University, USA. Her clinical experience is from work in Norway, Ethiopia and India. She was a member of the Lancet Youth Commission on Essential Medicines Policies and an intern at the World Health Organization.