NIH SOMALIA MAKING STRIDES


Somalia NIH Making Strides

Despite challenges, the newly established Somalia National Institute of Health (NIH) continues to make significant progress as the country’s first national institution for public health. Established in December 2013, the NIH has now selected its Board of Management, and is seeking parliamentary approval to become an independent institute within the Somalia Federal Ministry of Health. The institute is organized into five main divisions, which include infectious disease control; epidemiology, training, and research; emergency preparedness and response; food and drug quality assurance; and environmental medicine.

In the brief time since its establishment, the Somalia NIH has garnered support from IANPHI and formed collaborative partnerships with CDC Kenya, KEMRI, the Norwegian Institute for Public Health, and others. The NIH has now launched its website - www.nih.gov.so - which provides relevant, up-to-date resources regarding the institute’s activities and research.

KEMRI OFFERS TO SUPPORT NIH-SOMALIA GET ON ITS FEET


Director KEMRI Prof. Solomon Mpoke (Right) makes his point to his visitors who included the coordinator for the establishment of the National Institute of Health for Somalia Dr.Mohamed Guled Farah, Mr. Kawther Hersi Musa and Ms. Abdikadir Sheikh Mohamed Dahir. Also present is Dr. Michael Kiptoo, Head of the KEMRI Graduate School. Dr Farah's team requested KEMRI to support the nascent Institution when it is established.

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SOMALIA-NORWAY STUDY, PARTNERSHIP


The Somalia NIH team - Dr. Mohamed Farah (Acting Director), Mr. Abdifatah Ahmed (Acting Deputy Director), and Mr. Salad Ali (Acting Senior Management) - traveled to Norway for an intensive study tour at NIPH. In addition to meetings regarding the historical and current roles of NIPH, the tour included visits to NIPH’s research laboratories (with a focus on TB safety regulations), strategic planning discussions, and a presentation on the current US priorities in global health security. IANPHI is proud to support this ongoing partnership.IANPHI is committed to strengthening NPHIs and building their capacities to serve their countries by providing essential public health functions. One model for this work, through which many of IANPHI’s members have achieved measurable goals, is peer-to-peer partnerships. This month, with support from IANPHI, Norway’s National Public Health Institute (NIPH) hosted a delegation from the Somalia National Institute of Health (NIH) for a study tour, with the objective of learning the history, health functions and roles, and leadership structure of a well-established institute.

 

 

 

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