Somalia Health System

Somalia is one of the poorest countries in the world and it has an extremely weak health system. Civil war destroyed the infrastructure of the Somali state, including the health service and the general health of the population has been devastated as a result. Precious few organizations are still providing health-related services.

Maternal mortality rates in Somalia are amongst the highest in the world. One out of every seven Somali children dies before seeing his/her fifth birthday.

Rebuilding of the health sector is challenged by a shortage of professional staff, financial resources, and effective governance.

  • The average life expectancy is just 51 years.
  • One in every 14 women that goes into labor dies.
  • A third of all children under five are malnourished.
  • In some regions Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) affects almost 100% of women.

Once Somalia had medical authority (Aspima) with franchise from a German medicine manufacturer. The State Medical Authority manufactured high quality medical products. It also acted as a quality control agency for imported medical and health related items.

With the fall of the central government all government agencies including the state medical authority disintegrated. To fill that vacuum small traders (sole proprietors) with limited capital and most of them with no medical background came into the field of importing medicines and health related equipment. Because of limited resources those traders resorted to deal in low quality medicine. Some people argue now that the damage done by such traders shadows the merits of even genuine pharmacists and medical staff.

Although many corrective measures have been taken there is still dire need for a well-established agency to import high quality and world standard medicines and commit to quality assurance.

Somali Medical Care wants to appropriate effective drugs for the health centers in Somalia and to work with Organizations and Administrations.

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