The milestone of medical care at the site of the current Gondar University Hospital was laid in 1920 when Italian Consulate South of “Qusquam” was established. The consulate initially rendered midwifery service. The Italians then built “white only” hospital in Che-Che-la and a recovery center in front of the hospital. Other clinics and health centers established by Italians were all destroyed during the war and only the Che-Che-la hospital remained and served as a sole medical establishment for the 12,000 people of Gondar after the Ethio-Italian war. Che-Che-la hospital was transformed to Gondar Public Health College (PHC) and Training Center (TC) with involvement of USAID, WHO, and Ministry of Public Health in 1954. The establishment of the PHC and TC was dictated by the pressing and enormous health problems that existed in the forties and early fifties. The aim of the Public Health and Training Centre was improving health of Ethiopians and for training of teams of mid-level health professionals. This was the start of the philosophy of team approach and community based teaching of health professionals. Until 1960, the Ministry of Health was responsible for the college.

In 1961, the college joined the then Haile Selassie I University, now known as Addis Ababa University, by the act of internal decree known as “Charter of Haile Selassie I University”. In 1978, announcements were made for the establishment of a Medical Faculty in the Gondar College of Public Health and Training Centre by bilateral agreement reached between Karl Marx’s University in Germany and Addis Ababa University. It was a landmark in the lengthy history of the College as it was a major transformation that resulted in the practical establishment of the medical education. In the academic year 1980/81, the name Gondar College of Medical Sciences was given to the Gondar Public health college and training center
(GPHC&TC). Training was given by German medical experts. It was also an opportunity for successive training of Ethiopians in Germany to substitute the German specialists to whom the college’s success is fully attributed. The college was given autonomy to stand by itself (separated from Addis Ababa University) in 1992.

Know the hospital serves for more than 13 million people in the catchment area.  In different departments there are 28 ward and 15 different outpatient services areas and the hospital has 960 beds. Every year around 400,000 clients wear visited at the outpatient and more than 30,000 admissions cases were seen every year. In addition to this around 15,000 surgeries performed and 10,500 deliveries were attended every year. The hospital serves as a sole referral center in North-West Ethiopia, as well as a teaching and research center and it contribute highly competent health professionals for the nation.


Provide sustainable high quality patient care service with unrelenting attention to clinical excellence, patient safety and an unparalleled passion and commitment to the community   through compassionate, competent and responsive service delivery and leadership system


To be the hospital of choice for patients, physicians and employees in North West Ethiopia because of our preeminent patient care and teaching programs by the year 2025 G.C.