The aim of MIDA FINNSOM projects are to support Somalia to develop it’s health and education sectors. This is done by diaspora experts of Somali origin, residing abroad and returning to Somalia for months or even years with the support of IOM, in order to transfer their knowledge to the local staff and institutions.
The MIDA FINNSOM Health project started in 2008 in Somaliland and aims at the development of a well-functioning health system in Somaliland. Hargeisa Group Hospital has been one of the main beneficiaries of the project. Project participants have been vital for example in starting the haemodialysis unit and the neonatal unit at the hospital. As a result, neonatal mortality at the hospital has dropped from 24 % down to 5 %.
The MIDA FINNSOM Health and Education project started in 2015 and it targets South Central Somalia and Puntland. The diaspora experts will be paired with young Somali professionals, who will gain both experience and employment this way.
When the Health Minister of Somalia, Ms. Fawziya Abiikar Nur, visited Finland earlier this autumn she talked about the health situation in Somalia and about why the coun try needs assistance for instance from IOM to help the situation.
IOM's MIDA FINNSOM is getting praise from within the Somali government. During her visit to Finland the Minister of Health and Social Care, Ms.
The situation for those needing dialysis treatment in Somaliland is getting much better next year when the areas second dialysis unit will be opening in the city of Borama.
The midterm review of the MIDA FINNSOM Health and Education –project showed that good achievements have been made and the project is well on it’s way to becoming a continuation of the success stories of the MIDA FINNSOM –projects.
On the I Am A Migrant -website IOM portrays the stories of migrants from all over the world. The story of Finnish nurse Ifrah Ahmed - working in MIDA FINNSOM - is featured there.