Strengthening the Somali Nationa Institute of Health

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Institute Profile

The National Institute of Health (NIH) Somalia is a parastatal governmental public health institution that is a legal body with financial, administrative, and technical independence, as well as the legal eligibility to proceed with all the actions and works that ensure achieving its mandate. After seeing the absence of an institution with the capability to develop and implement advanced and innovative public health projects and research in Somalia, the establishment of the NIH under the MOH&HS was envisaged with the cooperation and coordination of the national and international partners with the idea of strengthening the FMOH’s capability to develop a more effective and sustainable health care system in the country.  

Established in 2013, NIH focuses on the national public health issues whereby the data generated will be used for tracking health risks, identifying emerging problems, improving treatment, and evaluating programs. The institute will provide evidence-based advice to the Ministry of Health and Human Services (MOH&HS) and to the Regional Authorities responsible for health. It will also act as the national reference laboratory for infectious diseases.   

Based in Mogadishu, NIH's work is organized in three main departments:

  • Department of Infectious Disease and Control
  • Department of Epidemiology Training and Research
  • Department of Finance and Administration


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Somalia National Institute of Health

Establishing Somalia NIH

April 2, 2014

With full support of the Somali Government, establishment of the National Institute of Health (NIH) of Somalia was approved in December 2013. The NIH, Somalia’s own national public health institute, will be comprised of multiple divisions, beginning first with the Infectious Disease Control Division, which will encompass the National Public Health Reference Library and public health surveillance unit. Additional divisions, including Epidemiology Research and Training, Environmental Medicine, Food and Drug Quality Assurance, and Emergency Preparedness and Response, will be added to the NIH gradually.

Somalia’s new NIH will be led by an Executive Board of high-level professionals from across the country, as well as trained public health staff from the Somali Ministry of Health. In addition to its own staff and resources, the NIH has received generous support from IANPHI and other international organizations. The NIH has also established peer-to-peer partnerships with other national public health institutes, including the Kenya Medical Research Institute, which will provide important technical assistance for the NIH as it develops its capacity as a national center for public health in Somalia.

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