Next Generation Midwives – innovative collaboration between Dalarna and Somalia

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.

Students at graduation ceremony

Students at graduation ceremony

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.

Graduation ceremony

Graduation ceremony

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.

Education continues but our work is not done yet. Support us by sharing this video: