Somalia NIH Making Strides

May 27, 2014

by Christy Craig

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.