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Published: 2019-10-25 14:13 | Updated: 2019-10-25 17:00

SIGHT Award 2019 to Claudia Hanson

Claudia Hanson, Department of Public Health Sciences, is awarded the SIGHT Award 2019 for improving maternal and newborn health in low-resource settings. She is a senior scientist and clinician specialising in health systems research and implemented science aiming to improve the quality of maternal and newborn healthcare in low-resource settings.

Claudia Hanson smiling.
Claudia Hanson, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Publis Health Sciences. Credit: Ulf Sirborn.

Claudia Hanson leads several research projects linked to London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, in Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique and India. She has lived, worked and done research for over six years in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“I don’t think one can understand the situation without having lived in the poor rural areas and met the women in the villages and the healthcare workers having responsibility for hundreds of thousands of patients, seeing what their struggles are with getting access to drugs and reaching patients in remote areas. A key to better healthcare is that those healthcare workers are empowered and feel that they are taken seriously. Many things are getting better. We see a huge increase in women delivering in facilities. But if one percent of the babies die it is still far too many.”

“Maternal and child mortality associated with childbirth is still a gigantic health problem in low- and middle-income countries. Claudia Hanson’s extensive international research in this area is driven by the desire for progress, with capacity-building collaborations of high scientific quality. Claudia Hanson's research thus makes a concrete contribution to saving lives.”

The motivation of the jury

SIGHT was established with the support from the Einhorn family foundation in January 2017, at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. SIGHT’s purpose is to promote an interdisciplinary approach, to strengthen and bridge Swedish research and education, and to provide a scientific basis for national and transnational collaborative policy work, in the field of global health.

The prize is awarded on 5 November at the Aula Hall at University of Gothenburg, Vasaparken, Universitetsplatsen 1. In connection with the award ceremony an interactive panel discussion will be held on better health for refugee women and children.

The decision on awardee for the SIGHT Award 2019 was taken by the board of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.