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Primus Chi

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About me

Primus Che Chi is a public health specialist, evidence synthesist and bioethicist with a particular interest in reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH), and health systems strengthening in low-resource and crisis settings. Primus has over eight years of work experience in research and evaluation in developing countries, including four years of work experience in humanitarian/ crisis settings. He has designed and implemented a number of operational research projects in the domains of RMNCH and research integrity across central and eastern Africa, including fieldwork in Cameroon, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Uganda. He has undertaken a number of Cochrane collaboration-based systematic reviews of health system interventions in the domain of RMNCH, including interventions for improving maternal, newborn and women’s reproductive health in crisis settings. He has also served as an expert with the International Committee of the Red Cross’ Health Care in Danger project aimed at formulating concrete recommendations on measures that can be taken to help ensure the physical safety of health care facilities during armed conflict or other emergencies. Primus is a contributor to the Cochrane’s Effective Practice and Organisation of Care (EPOC) Group, and a member of the Inter-agency Working Group (IAWG) on Reproductive Health in Crises and the Cameroon Bioethics Initiative (CAMBIN). He speaks English, French, and Krio (Pidgin English), and holds a PhD in International Health with a focus on maternal and reproductive health in crisis settings from the University of Oslo and a Master of Public Health, specialising in health policy & research ethics from the University of Pretoria. He is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Research on Health Care in Disasters, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, Associate Researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo, Norway and Chair of the CAMBIN Ethics Review and Consultancy Committee, Cameroon. 

Research description

My research work is centred around improving health systems and health service delivery in crisis settings (such as conflicts, disasters, complex emergencies, epidemics etc.) with the Centre for Research on Health Care in Disasters within the Health Systems and Policy Group. The scope of our work at the centre is available at: 

Additionally, I am involved with a project titled: "Development Aid, Effectiveness, and Inequalities in Conflict-Affected Societies".  The project aims to increase our knowledge about the mechanisms linking development aid and inequality, and how this affects human development and human security in conflict-affected countries. Focusing on the health sector and incorporating cross-sectoral comparisons, we examine these questions in Sub-Saharan Africa, with a particular focus on three conflict-affected countries: Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Uganda. The research includes both qualitative and quantitative approaches, with fieldwork in collaboration and consultation with local and international stakeholders, both on-ground and in donor organizations. More about the project is available at:



PhD - International Health, University of Oslo, Norway 

MPH- Health Policy/Research Ethics, University of Pretoria, South Africa   

M.Sc. – Medical Microbiology/Parasitology, University of Buea, Cameroon       

B.Sc. (Hons.)- Microbiology/Medical Lab. Tech., University of Buea, Cameroon        

Academic honours, awards and prizes

  • Research Council of Norway grant under the funding scheme for Independent Projects (FIPRO) titled “Development Aid, Effectiveness, and Inequalities in Conflict-Affected Societies” (Led by Henrik Urdal) (December 2015)
  • Research Council of Norway grant under the funding scheme for Independent Basic Research Projects titled “Armed Conflict and Maternal Health in Sub-Saharan Africa” (Led by Gudrun Østby) (July 2014)
  • The Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) UNSCR 1325 research grant (with Henrik Urdal) (December 2012)
  • Institute of Health and Society’s Ivar Helles’ Foundation research grant to undertake fieldwork in the DRC (May 2012)
  • Marie-Curie Fellowship to undertake a doctoral research at the PRIO, Norway and PhD at the University of Oslo, Norway, within the TAMNEAC Network (August 2011)
  • South African Research Ethics Training Initiative fellowship to undertake Master of Public Health at the Universities of Pretoria and KwaZulu-Natal (October, 2008)
  • Minister of Higher Education grant for excellence for students with good academic record, Buea, Cameroon (2002)
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