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             About the Department

Midwifery training at Samara University is among the second generation of Ethiopian universities. It was started in 2013 to offer the course in the medical and Health Science College. 

In order to address the severe shortage and skill gaps of Midwifery graduates, the Government of Ethiopia has scaled up midwifery education by expanding number of medical schools and annual student enrollment.

Despite the significant step made to date, the midwife to population ratio continues to lag far behind the WHO benchmark of 1in10, 000 warranting further scale-up of midwifery training. Furthermore, the quality of Midwifery graduates from training institutions lack the quality in which the country demands which makes them to deliver the necessary services quality as per the standards to the community.

In keeping with its mission to provide quality education in the country, FMOH wanted to develop a ground- breaking, competency based, community sensitive curriculum for undergraduate midwifery education that will produce midwives with community sensitive, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. So to contribute for this national goal Samara University launched midwifery department in 2013 with 4 BSc instructors and 40 students in medical and health science collage.


  • The department of midwifery to prepare competent, compassionate, respectful, and caring midwives who can provide sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (SRMNCH) services at community and health facility levels with focus on health promotion and disease prevention.


  • To be one of the leading departments with enormous fields of midwifery bachelor and masters studies in pastoral and agro-pastoral community of East Africa by 2035.

                                   Department Facilities

The Department of Midwifery offers courses in comfortable classrooms that it shares with other departments of the College of medical and health sciences. Furthermore, the Department has a well-equipped skills lab and computer laboratory for practical courses.

                                   Department Administration

The Department Head is selected from among the teaching staff of the department on the basis of merit and interest as soon as the college announces the vacancy for the post. The term of office of the Department Head is two years.

Currently, Mr. Muhammed Abdu is serving as Head of the Department.  

                   Contact Address

  • Email:
  • Mobile: +251-091-348-720
  • P.O. Box: 132, Semera, Afar, Ethiopia.