The project is a collaboration between the Department of Heart Disease at Haukeland University Hospital (HUH) and Black Lion Hospital (BLH) in Ethiopia.


​HUH received a request from the authorities of BLH to help build a Cardiac Surgery Program at BLH through training of and education for local personnel.

Ethiopia has a population of 92 million people, and nowhere in the country do they perform heart surgery. There is a major need for surgery for children (<18 years) with congenital abnormalities, and valvular due to rheumatic fever. For now, heart surgery is only performed when foreign healthcare professionals travel for short-term missions to Cardiac Center, a private establishment located on BLH premises.

In March 2016 a team of heart surgeons, cardiologists, anesthesiologists, perfusionists, OR-nurses, anesthetists-nurses, ICU-nurses and ward nurses, went on a two-week mission to Ethiopia. They performed 12 heart surgeries and 30 pacemaker operations while they were there. A private donor from Bergen supported the mission with one million NOK to purchase the necessary equipment to ensure safe and proper operations. The project is also financed with funding from HUH, and is in close collaboration with The University Hospital in Linköping and the Ethiopian Embassy in Stockholm.

The team will continue performing heart surgery while they are present at BLH, but will focus on establishing a Cardiac Surgery Program to recruit more cardiac surgeons and specialized nurses. The program will also benefit personnel from HUH in further developing their professional skills.

Contact information

Office phone: +47 55 97 21 56
Office hours: 08:30 - 15:30

Postal address:
Helse Bergen HF
Haukeland University Hospital
Department of International Collaboration
Post Office​ Box 1400
N - 5021 Bergen

Visiting address:
Konrad Birkhaugs Hus, 3rd floor
Jonas Lies vei 65
5021 Bergen

projects in ethiopia

  • Anaestesiology

    The first five specialists in anaestesiology gratuated in 2014, after three years of training at AAU.

  • Cardiology

    In 2016 a team from The Dept. of Heart Disease at HUH performed 12 heart surgeries, and 30 pacemaker operations while on a short-term mission.

  • Gastroenterology

    The candidates who complete their specialist training will be the first gastroenterologists trained in Ethiopia for the last 30 years.

  • Neurosurgery

    The first female neurosurgeon in Ethiopia received her specialization through HUH’s Neurosurgery program.

partner hospitals

  • Ethiopia

    The first female neurosurgeon in Ethiopia received her specialization through HUH’s neurosurgery program.

  • India

    Inside the campus of CMCH we have built the very first Haukeland House, with 8 apartment available for Norwegian staff.

  • Kamuzu Central HospitalMalawi

    Today the Department of Orthopedic surgery at KCH have only two orthopaedic surgeons to cover a population of 6 million people.

  • Nepal

    The project in Nepal is a tripartite between hospitals in Norway, Nepal and Zanzibar within the field of blood transfusion services.

  • Mnazi Mmoja HospitalZanzibar

    The new Children’s Clinic in Zanzibar opened in 2016. It was financed with funds from Trond Mohn, The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Tanzania, and the Ministry of Health in Zanzibar.

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