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.
Dr. Mohamed Guled Farah (left) led the effort to establish a new NPHI in Somalia -- the National Institute of Health (NIH), an autonomous institute under the Federal Ministry of Health of Somalia. Dr. Farah and his colleague, Dr. Abdikadir Dahir (right), had the opportunity to meet with a team from IANPHI-Atlanta and US CDC during a recent IANPHI-CDC site visit to Kenya. The NIH is applying for associate membership in IANPHI, and the The NPHI development initiative is gaining momentum with assistance from IANPHI member institutes in Kenya and Norway. Partnerships are also being explored with other IANPHI member institutes.