Dalarna University offers an online master’s programme in sexual and reproductive Health. It is a project that is being run in collaboration with three state-run universities in Somalia: Hargeisa, Amoud, and Borama.
The purpose of the programme is to develop the role of midwives as well as to promote research within the field of sexual and reproductive health, and in such a way reduce the level of infant and maternal mortality in the area.
Online studies allow for clear, context-based teaching, where competence from Somalia and Sweden is brought together to provide increased cross-cultural understanding.
On September 13, 2015, 24 students at Hargeisa University and Amoud University graduated with a Master’s Degree. The one-year master’s programme gives midwives already working in clinical settings the opportunity to learn more about the rights of women, and sexual and reproductive health. Programme studies have students look at issues such as child marriage, female circumcision, unsafe abortions, and “child spacing”/contraceptives. In the future, these graduates will hold teaching and leadership positions at universities and within government. They will come to educate hundreds of future midwives, run research projects, and work towards sustainable development in the region.
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