Category: Healthcare

The Life of the mentally ill Patients in Somaliland

In Somaliland, one in three families has at least one relative with psychiatric disorders. In a land where traditional medicine is far more widespread than modern health care, psychiatric patients in Somaliland are chained, immersed in “healing” waters and subjected to prayers, exorcisms and miraculous herbs. The sheikh, the old sages, are consulted more than the medical professionals are. Continue reading “The Life of the mentally ill Patients in Somaliland”

Comparative Study: Overweight and Obesity in Norway and Somaliland

Overweight and obesity are regarded as serious threats to public health which significantly increase the risk of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular disease (CVD), type-2 diabetes (T2D), hypertension, and certain cancers. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that Continue reading “Comparative Study: Overweight and Obesity in Norway and Somaliland”

Edna Adan Ismail: midwife and champion of women’s health

Adan has had a remarkable career. Her work has encompassed “delivering babies under a tree”, serving as the first woman director of the Somali Ministry of Health in 1976, and being the WHO representative in Djibouti. Somaliland declared independence from Somalia in 1991 after a civil war, although it is still not internationally recognised. Adan founded her hospital in the new state and also took up political roles as its minister of social affairs and family welfare in 2002 and as foreign minister from 2003 to 2006. The cause of women has been an enduring concern during her wide-ranging career. John Acree, Vice-President of International Programmes at International Medical Corps, calls her a “trailblazer”. Continue reading “Edna Adan Ismail: midwife and champion of women’s health”

Allogeneic Blood Donation in Hargeisa, Somaliland

Knowledge, Attitude, Practice and Associated Factors of Voluntary Blood Donation among Undergraduate Students in Hargeisa University

Author: Abdirahman Omer Ahmed



Availability of blood for transfusion is limited in Somaliland; as is the evidence relating to knowledge, attitude and practice on blood donation among youth Since youth represent both large share of the population and important group of potential donors, this study attempts to investigate what factors may be important to consider for promoting voluntary blood donation among them. Continue reading “Allogeneic Blood Donation in Hargeisa, Somaliland”

Traditional Birth Attendants to promote maternal health in Sierra Leone and Somaliland

Efforts to take forward universal health coverage require innovative approaches in fragile settings, which experience particularly acute human resource shortages and poor health indicators. For maternal and newborn health, it is important to innovate with new partnerships and roles for Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) to promote maternal health. We explore perspectives on programs in Somaliland and Sierra Leone which link TBAs to health centers as part of a pathway to maternal health care. Our study aims to understand the perceptions of communities, stakeholder and TBAs themselves who have been trained in new roles to generate insights on strategies to engage with TBAs and to promote skilled birth attendance in fragile affected settings Continue reading “Traditional Birth Attendants to promote maternal health in Sierra Leone and Somaliland”

Working with Non-State Providers in Post-Conflict & Fragile States

This is an independent report commissioned and funded by the Research and Evidence Division in the Department for International Development. This material has been funded by UK aid from the UK Government; however, the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the UK Government’s official policies.

The state may be more or less directly involved in catering for the health needs of its citizens as follows: Continue reading “Working with Non-State Providers in Post-Conflict & Fragile States”