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.
Suomen Kotilääkäripalvelu (SKP) provides technological and human resources in form of telemedicine consultations and services in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to Somaliland. The collaboration started in 2015 and the main objective is to provide support to increase the quality of maternal and dental health care provision in targeted public health institutions in Somaliland.
Finnish Baby Aid Kit IOM Finland has entered into a partnership with a Finnish company called Logonet to improve maternal health in Somalia with Finnish Baby Aid Kits. The Finnish Baby Aid Kit is a childbirth and nursing kit that is especially developed to be used in developing countries as well as in crisis and emergency conditions. The kit contains materials for childbirth and nursing a new-born.
IOM Finland would like to conduct a Mid-Term Evaluation of MIDA FINNSOM Health and Education project, implemented in Federal Government of Somalia and Federal Member States since 2015.
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.