On October 11th 2012 twenty-one female graduates successfully completed the Dfid funded and THET supported BSc Midwifery degree course, the first of its kind in Somaliland.
A Dfid funded and THET supported Midwifery BSc degree programme saw the successful graduation of twenty-one students on October 11th 2012. The course was the first of its kind in Somaliland. Delivered by the University of Hargeisa with support from the Edna Adan University Hospital, the course is the first step in addressing the extremely poor maternal mortality rates in Somaliland.
The course has strengthened graduates' clinical practice, research and English language skills, skills that will be meaningfully deployed by the Ministry of Health to impact maternal and child health programmes in the country.
Maternal mortality is the leading cause of death among women of reproductive age. It is caused mainly by hemorrhage, puerperal sepsis, eclampsia and obstructed labour. Women in Somaliland have a 1 in 15 risk of dying from pregnancy and childbirth related causes.
The BSc Midwifery degree addresses Millennium Development Goal 5 - Reducing maternal mortality.