Awraris Hailu(PhD)
Director of research and community service

The knowledge produced at our campus should be shared and utilized for the benefit of society. It is also our principle “from the community to the community” means that the knowledge and interests of society ought to influence the activities and advancement of our campus. That is the reason why working together with partners is our most significant obligation.

Are you our next partner?

We welcome and assist you at every stage of the process, from finding motivation and connecting appropriate researchers to sharing knowledge and funding partnerships. Our strategic partnerships are intended to improve the quality of education, quality of research, quality healthcare service and joint grant applications for mutual growth. Below are the areas of interest for collaboration with us.

Study collaboration

The goal of the joint study programs is to increase the number of competent health professionals and researchers at different levels. This helps staff of partners institutes an opportunity to benefit from high-quality study programs at other Universities/institutes and gain professional work experience. We are welcoming a joint study program on the following disciplines.

Masters’ Program
  •   Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine
  •   Immunology
  •   Family and Community Medicine
  •   Psychiatry and Mental health
  •   Pediatrics
  •   Neurology
  •   Surgery
  •   Internal medicine
  •   Gynecology and obstetrics
  •   Anesthesiology
  •   Pathology
Subspecialty and PhD Programs
  •   Subspecialty in Gastro enterology and Hepatology
  •   Subspecialty in Cardiology
  •   Subspecialty in Pulmonology and critical care
  •   Subspecialty in Nephrology
  •   Subspecialty in Endocrinology
  •   Subspecialty in head and neck surgery
  •   Subspecialty in hepatopancreatic biliary surgery
  •   Subspecialty in GI surgery
  •   Subspecialty in neurosurgery
  •   Subspecialty in urologic surgery
  •   Subspecialty in oncologic surgery
  •   Subspecialty in noninvasive surgery
  •   Subspecialty in maternal-fetal medicine
  •   Subspecialty in neonatology
  •   PhD in Public Health
  •   PhD in Medical Microbiology
  •   PhD in Midwifery and Women Health
  •   PhD in Pharmacology

The quality of research at AWHSC is a key factor for successful collaboration and partnership. Through national or international partnerships, competitiveness in research is increased, which will lead to greater capacity to obtain external funding as well as to improve health care services. We believe that active collaboration creates a competitive advantage for the campus, staff, and students for the benefit of society through research. We intend to develop our domestic and international research collaborations through joint grant application and conduct quality research on but are not limited to:

  •  Neglected tropical diseases
  •  Future pandemic preparedness and response
  •  Improving leukemia and breast cancer diagnosis and treatment
  •  Climate change and disaster risk reduction
  •  Maternal and child health
  •  Mental, neurological and substance use
  •  Molecular surveillance of infectious disease and antimicrobial resistance
  •  Therapeutic and diagnostic tool development
    • Clinical trials for vaccines and therapeutics
    • Herbal medicine
Staff/Student Collaboration

The program aims to create long, and short-term study visit opportunities for students and staff of partner Universities/institutes and AWHSC. Our hospital is an excellent clinical attachment site for international exchange students as it has high patient flow, advanced diagnostic services, and diverse clinical cases. All exchange staff and students are guaranteed the campus housing service.

Clinical Service Collaboration

Hakim Gizaw Hospital that operates under AWHSC provides outpatient, emergency, and inpatient clinical services including both general and specialty cases. Clinical service requires collaboration among research institutes, individuals, diagnostic centers, academia, and researchers working at various levels. Therefore, we welcome research institutes/hospitals/ universities/individuals to collaborate with us on the following ser vices and/or support to improve patients’ health outcomes.

  •   AI for quality health care services (digitalization health care services)
  •   Healthcare service quality improvement
  •   Minimal invasive & non-invasive surgical procedures
  •   Peri-operative procedures and cares
  •   Ophthalmic services
  •   Joint pathological result interpretation
  •   Joint radiological result interpretation
  •   Medical equipment mobilization
1. Communicable disease

The majority of the research is clinical and patient oriented. It includes studies of common diseases of relevance to low- and middle-income countries, including pathogenesis, genomic epidemiology, treatments as well as functional and molecular aspects of antimicrobial resistance. The main research areas include but are not limited to Tuberculosis, Meningitis, Malaria, Hepatitis, HIV, Zoonotic Disease, COVID-19, Neglected Tropical Diseases, Antimicrobial Resistance, and Infection Prevention & Control.

2. Noncommunicable disease

Our focus areas are cancer (leukemia, cervical cancer, lung cancer & breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, epigenetics of NCD, mental health & rehabilitative services.

3. Nutrition

The research is mostly focused on Food Safety & Hygiene and National Nutrition Policy & Program. The researchers have various professions such as nutritionists, biomedical scientists, epidemiologists, and biostatisticians.

4. Environment, Climate Change and Health

Knowledge about public health and the factors that affect it due to climate change is standardized and measures to maintain and enhance human health. Research under this theme focuses on climate change & disease burden, water pollution, indoor air pollution, and occupational health & safety.

5. Maternal and child health

The aim of the theme is to improve women’s, neonatal & child health through research. We are also actively working to implement targeted point of care testing capacity of sexually transmitted infections.

6. Therapeutics and diagnostics development

Research under this theme falls within four focus areas: drug & vaccine discovery, diagnostic tool development, clinical trials, and traditional medicine practice. Our researchers have made significant contributions to the university phase I clinical trial project on the evaluation of Rosmarinus officinalis, Thymus schmperi and Eucaliptus globulus. The aim of this project is to develop herbal product formulations that will give new and effective alternatives to treat dermatological disorders. The researchers under this theme include pharmacologists, microbiologists, physicians, and nurses.