The project started in 2009, and is a collaboration between Black Lion Hospital (BLH)/ Addis Ababa University (AAU), Haukeland University Hospital (HUH) and the University of Bergen/Centre for International health (UoB/CIH).


The aim was to establish a specialist training program in Ethiopia, and build a sustainable neurosurgery service through education of surgeons, and training of nurses in anesthesia, intensive care, and OR-nurses.

Previously a project financed by Fredskorpset (FK Norway) between HUH and BLH made it possible for approximately 30 surgeons and nurses from both institutions to visit each other for 6-12 months. A total of seven Ethiopian neurosurgeons have graduated through this program, and today they work at BLH/AAU. The exchange to HUH were a part of their education, and neurosurgeons from HUH have visited BLH regularly to serve as teachers. In addition, senior surgeons and specialist candidates from the Department of Neurosurgery at HUH have the opportunity to train at BLH, where volume training in for example paediatric neurosurgery is more available than in Norway.

BLH performs an increasing amount of surgical procedures, and with the support from FK Norway the surgeons have established a database where all the operations, survival rates and diagnoses, are registered.

After the project was initiated there has been a great interest among young, Ethiopian doctors for training in neurosurgery. The long term objective was to establish a “Center of Excellence in Neurosurgery” at BLH so that surgeons from neighboring countries can get the opportunity for specialist training in neurosurgery, and in April 2015, the first Malawian surgeon started his specialist training in Neurosurgery at BLH.

In this picture, from the left: Dr. Abdi Deseru, Dr. Tewodros Befekadu Aredo, Dr. Knut Wester, Dr. Morten Lund-Johansen, Dr. Yordanos Ashagre, Dr. Essayas Adefris Tefera and Dr. China Tolessa Sedi.

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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