GOLD Speakers

South Africa

Dr. Nils Bergman, MB ChB, MPH, MD

  • Country: South Africa

Dr. Bergman was born in Sweden and raised in Zimbabwe, where he also later worked as a mission doctor. He received his medical degree (MB ChB) at the University of Cape Town, and later a Masters in Public Health at the University of the Western Cape. During his years in Zimbabwe he completed a doctoral dissertation (MD, equivalent to PhD) on scorpion stings. He has worked in rural South Africa, Zimbabwe and Sweden, and his last posting was Senior Medical Superintendent of Mowbray Maternity Hospital in Cape Town, overseeing 18000 births per year.

Dr. Nils Bergman now calls himself a Public Health Physician, and currently promotes and researches skin-to-skin contact on a fulltime basis. He is a Research Affiliate with the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm Sweden and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is currently involved a a multicentre RCT studying impact on mortality fn immediate skin-to-skin contact on very low birth weight babies.