International Collaboration

Department of International Collaboration (DIC) was established in 2003. Haukeland University Hospital (HUH) is the leading hospital in Norway, participating in international collaboration with hospitals in the South.
We coordinate an increasing number of international projects. 

Our vision is to have a comprehensive and broad medical collaboration with selected partner hospitals in Africa and Asia.

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International Collaboration

At any given time the department coordinates around 20 projects, and about 25 HUS employees are stationed abroad in one of the projects. 
Department of International Collaboration (DIC) was established in October 2003 at the initiative of the board of Haukeland University Hospital (HUH). The department coordinates the international activities towards partner institutions in the South and reports directly to the management at HUH.
The mandates of DIC are personnel administration and providing service to the clinical departments when it comes to administration of international projects. DIC assists the clinical departments in project design, application to donors and monitoring of the projects, including reporting on expenditures and budgets.

The department provides updated information about the collaborating countries and has the formal contact with donors and Norwegian Embassies. DIC is responsible for signing of new agreements with donors, collaborating institutions and government agencies in the collaborating countries.

DIC coordinates a steadily increasing number of projects in collaboration with the partner institutions in the South. The department is mainly financed through external projects, but also receives an annual, earmarked allocation from HUH for international activities for employees at HUH.


Jon Wigum Dahl – Head of Department

Office: +47 55 97 33 60
Mobile: +47 95 89 05 39
Mr. Dahl has been employed since the department was established in 2003. His background is as a political scientist, and previously he worked seven years in ILO/UN service in Geneva, Switzerland and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Mr. Dahl was also manager for Health and social services Fusa Municipality, coordinator for internationalization in the city of Bergen, and office manager at Center for International Health, University of Bergen.

Stener Kvinnsland – Senior adviser

Office: +47 55 97 24 90 
Dr. Kvinnsland has been employed at HUS since 2002, first as Head of Department of Oncology, then as deputy CEO from 2003, and later as CEO from 2007 until the end of August 2015. He is an oncology specialist, and has a long, clinical and scientific career within his field. He is also chairman of the board for Oslo University Hospital and leader of Norwegian Health Network for Development. In his time as CEO of HUH, he has been very dedicated and involved in the department’s projects, and will now continue in a part-time position where he will follow up the existing projects at DIC; keep contact with donors and collaborating hospitals in Africa and Asia; and contribute to develop new projects and programs at DIC.

Grete Marie Eilertsen – Project coordinator

Office: +47 55 97 47 69
Mobile: +47 97 95 77 23
Ms. Eilertsen has been employed since the department was established in 2003. She has a master in Development Geography/Social Science from the University of Bergen. She is responsible for the HR management, and for Haukeland University Hospital’s projects in Malawi, Ethiopia, Tanzania/Zanzibar and Nepal. In addition she is administrative Coordinator for the emergency team at Haukeland University Hospital (HUH).

Silje Seterås – Project coordinator

Office: +47 55 97 33 70
Mobile: +47 97 11 00 06
Ms. Seterås has been employed since 2004. Her background is within business and administration from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. She is responsible for external funded projects in Tanzania/Zanzibar and Nepal, and is the finance coordinator at the department.

Camilla Skjelbred – Consultant

Office: +47 55 97 21 56
Mobile: +47 90 97 19 27
Ms. Skjelbred has been employed since 2014. She has a bachelor degree in economics and management, with a major in business administration from Bergen University College. She is responsible for the shipment of containers to our projects, and she is assisting in the finance management of DIC; providing practical support to the international FK participants at HUH; maintaining updated webpages; and in general support the running of the office.

Contact information

Meeting point
Konrad Birkhaugs Hus
Jonas Lies vei 65
5021 Bergen
+47 55 97 21 56
Monday - Friday 09:00 - 15:00
Mailing address
Haukeland Universitetssjukehus
Avdeling for Internasjonalt Samarbeid
Postboks 1400
5021 Bergen, Norway
Konrad Birkhaug's house
Visiting address
Visiting address at Haukeland(Kart)

How to get to the hospital

​There are several ways of getting to Haukeland University Hospital by public transport. Here follows a brief summary.

​​​​​​​The term Pasientreiser (patient travel) is used to describe travel to and from authorised treatments. The hospital is responsible for providing patient travel and will meet the cost of the cheapest mode of travel on behalf of the patient. You can read more on the Pasientreiser website​. The website also contains information about the Helseekspress and Helsebuss bus services.

Several scheduled bus routes stop at the hospital. There is also a number of commuter bus routes running between different parts of Bergen and the hospital.
Skyss has produced a dedicated route map for Haukeland University Hospital (PDF)​ showing which bus routes stop at the hospital. At you will find complete bus routes with details of stops and departure times.
Tide and Nettbuss operate express coaches on several long-distance routes to the centre of Bergen.

Bybanen light railway
The closest Bybanen station is Kronstad. Walking from Kronstad to the hospital takes around 10 minutes. Timetables are available at

There are usually taxis available at the taxi rank outside the main hospital building (Sentralblokka). If not, our receptionists are on hand 24 hours a day and can help book a taxi for you.

Bergen Train Station in the centre of Bergen is the closest mainline station to Haukeland University Hospital. The distance between the station and the hospital is around 2.5 km and is served by several bus routes.

Bergen Airport in Flesland is just under 20 km from Haukeland University Hospital. There is no direct airport bus between Haukeland and Bergen Airport, but you can take the airport bus to and from the centre of Bergen.

Waiting areas
There is a separate waiting area near the reception in the main hospital building (Sentralblokka) for patients and next-of-kin waiting for transport.


​Parking facilities at Haukeland are divided into separate zones in and around the hospital grounds.
Parking spaces are very limited, however. Out of consid​​eration for those who need to travel to the hospital using their own car, we strongly urge those who are able to do so to use public transport​.

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Practical information

Food and catering


The patient library allows patients and their next-of-kin to borrow books, DVDs and periodicals.

We have a large selection of books, comic books, audiobooks, digital books/cards and PlayStation, Wii and Xbox games, as well as DVDs, CDs, periodicals, newspapers and music.
We also lend DAB radios and playback equipment for films, audiobooks and music.

Opening hours
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11.30–15.30.
​Tuesday and Thursday 11.30–17.30.

Book trolleys
Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday we visit the departments with our book trolley. If you would like to borrow something but are unable to make it to the library, feel free to contact us during opening hours, and we will deliver the requested material to you.

Computers and printers
The library has a public computer and printer/photocopier. Patients and next-of-kin are welcome to use the internet, do their online banking, print off plane tickets etc.

Visual art
We also lend visual art. Please contact us for more information.


​There is a pharmacy in the foyer of the main hospital building (Sentralblokka). This is a public pharmacy operated by Sjukehusapoteka Vest.

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Visiting times

​Ordinary hospital visiting hours are between 17.00 and 20.00. Most departments are also able to welcome visitors outside these times. We ask that visitors show consideration for other patients by going to the day room, for example.

If a patient is too ill to leave the room, we kindly ask that you arrange any visits outside normal visiting hours with the staff in the department in advance.

Wireless Internett

All patients and visitors can use free wireless internet in most areas of the hospital. is a wireless network for visitors, patients and staff.

How to connect to our guest network:

  1. Connect to the wireless guest network (
  2. A browser should open automatically. (If the login window does not appear, try to open the browser manually).
  3. Read the terms carefully.
  4. Press "Accept" when you have read and understood the terms.

The login takes place automatically on units after the first login, as long as the account is active. It will only be necessary to log in once per unit per 31 days.

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