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Karen Oppfeldt

BØRNEfonden, Copenhagen, Denmark

Karen Oppfeldt, Master in Public Health Sciences
Programme Coordinator in Health, BØRNEfonden, Copenhagen, Denmark

My name is Karen Oppfeldt. I work in BØRNEfonden which is a Danish development NGO working with community development especially addressing challenges faced by children and youth. I am Programme Coordinator for our health activities in five countries in West Africa.

I graduated in 2005 from University of Copenhagen, with a Master Degree in Public Health Sciences. During my studies I focused on international public health with one of my main interests being the changing disease patterns in developing countries, including the HIV epidemic and the new burden of NCDs such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

Upon graduation, I worked for a while at Steno Diabetes Centre as a research assistant. In 2006 I got an assignment in Geneva with UNAIDS as a Programme Officer working primarily with the development of an information sharing system.
Since 2008 I have worked for BØRNEfonden. I am based in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, with frequent travel to our programme countries in West Africa.

In my job I do project design, implementation, progress and budget monitoring, and technical back-stopping for project with health related themes (e.g. “Child Survival” and “Female Genital Mutilation). I am responsible for Health policy development and support for implementation and I am involved in the development of new system for monitoring and evaluation of community development programmes. Currently I am involved in the development of our activities for adolescents and youth related to sexual and reproductive health.