University Programs


Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center, New York, New York
The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health
The Division of Family Planning and Women’s Global Health in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women’s Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center began its global health initiatives in 2006 with the generous support of the Einstein Global Health Center.  The focus of the program has been on teaching obstetric care to medical providers, including health officers, nurses and midwives. They have worked at three primary sites, all in rural Ethiopia: a newly launched medical school, a publicly supported maternity center and a more rural donor-funded community maternity center. A yearly conference, large portions of which are devoted to obstetrics, has been held at the Hawassa Medical School with enormously positive response.


Baylor College of Medicine / Texas Children’s
The Texas Children's Global Health Corps: The Texas Children's Global Health Corps was a successor to the landmark Pediatric AIDS Corps, founded by Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative at Texas Children’s Hospital (BIPAI) in 2005, which trained and sent about 150 pediatricians and family doctors to Africa to help scale up medical programs for children and families affected by HIV/AIDS. BIPAI now provides HIV/AIDS treatment to about 80,000 children - more than any other program worldwide. The Texas Children's Global Health Corps will build on this experience and expand the scope beyond HIV/AIDS to include other diseases and conditions impacting child health. The initial geographic focus will be on Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania, Botswana and Swaziland, with plans in place to diversify to sites in Asia and Latin America.


Columbia University, The Earth Institute, New York New York
The Center for National Health Development in Ethiopia: The Center works to support the Ministry of Health’s innovative Health Extension Program (HEP). The HEP’s goal of providing equitable access to health services is met by the prevention and control of communicable diseases with active community participation. The Ethiopian government has recently accelerated the implementation of the program to cover the entire country by training 30,000 health workers. Graduates will be placed in 15,000 villages to cover 12 million people by 2009.


Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

  • The Maternal and Newborn Health in Ethiopia Partnership began in 2010 to increase maternal and newborn outcomes and health, and survival. The project was initially funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, but is now funded by Micronutrient Initiative.
  • The Emory University School of Medicine (SOM) Emory Global Health Residency Scholars Program (GHRSP) was established in 2012 and includes a year-long curriculum (consisting of monthly lectures, seminars, and discussions) and a one-month clinical rotation in Ethiopia. The program aims to enhance and expand ongoing collaborations between Emory and Ethiopian institutions, in particular Addis Ababa University (AAU) and its main teaching hospital The Black Lion.
  • The Emory Department of Surgery established its Global Surgery Program, one of the first American Board of Surgery-approved international surgical training experiences, at Soddo Christian Hospital in Soddo, Wolaita, Ethiopia. In addition to providing medical services, the hospital partners with the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS) as one of nine PAACS academic centers that train national doctors over a five-year surgical residency program.


Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
Center for Global Health: With funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Jhpiego is building the capacity of health care providers in Ethiopia. The project works to improve the performance of health care practitioners and the quality and efficiency of health service delivery through the provision of comprehensive HIV education to health care providers.


Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon
Footsteps to Healing project: Founded in 2010, Footsteps to Healing is a collaborative project between Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and Gimbie Adventist Hospital (GAH) in Ethiopia. The Footsteps to Healing initiative was established to improve women’s health in Ethiopia through partnerships dedicated to clinical service and health care capacity building. OHSU also works with Ethiopian partners to build their capacity in surgical and clinical care as well as in nursing and midwifery education. OHSU medical students travel to Ethiopia every summer and are an integral part of the project and provide community outreach research in the communities. In 2015, OHSU expanded the women’s health project by creating a partnership with Mekelle University, Ayder University Hospital in Northern Ethiopia.


University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, Michigan
More than ten Schools and Colleges across the University of Michigan have collaborative projects underway with colleagues in Ethiopia. The original collaborations between St. Paul Hospital Millennium Medical College (SPHMMC), the Federal Ethiopian Ministry of Health, and UMMS have expanded to include the Schools of Business, Natural Resources and Environment, Graduate Studies, and Nursing, as well as the College of Engineering. The partnership with the University of Michigan has helped to initiate an Ob/Gyn residency program that is competency-based and focuses on developing the skills, knowledge and leadership ability of the residents through exposure to a wealth of national and international expertise and improving access to information. It also helps to build faculty capabilities through development of teaching and leadership skills, and increasing connectivity with the international academic community.


University of Illinois, Chicago
The UIC Global Women’s Health Fellowship is a two-year program that provides a unique opportunity for an obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN) by combining one year of global women’s health based in Mekelle, northern Ethiopia, with one year of a clinical faculty appointment. The global women’s health component can consist of clinical research, education and/or clinical services. In this fellowship, mentorship, opportunities and resources are provided in order for the fellow to develop educational initiatives, improve clinical services, and lead clinical research in global women’s reproductive and gynecologic health.


University of Wisconsin, Madison
Ethiopia Global Health Twinning Partnerships: Addis Ababa University/TASH, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and People 2 People collaborated to design both Adult and Pediatric Emergency Medicine Partnerships. These relationships were established in order to strengthen emergency care infrastructure and human resource capacity at AAU/TASH in Ethiopia. Activities included in the partnership, such as bidirectional exchanges of physicians and nurses as well as the development of emergency medicine fellowship training programs, have contributed to increased knowledge and abilities among Ethiopian health professionals. Training local instructors to deliver high quality care and pass their skills onto others has been instrumental to the sustainability and success of these partnerships.



American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
409 12th Street SW, Washington, DC  20024-2188
Mailing Address: PO Box 96920, Washington, DC 20024-9998