Telemedicine online services to Somalia


Date Publish: 
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Addressing the health sector gaps and expert-to-expert knowledge transfer

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.

Maternal and Child Health Care

SKP has developed a mobile application, guiding health care personnel to provide standardized antenatal check-ups for expecting mothers. The application is developed in alignment with WHO’s antenatal guidelines from 2016 and tailored to fit to Somaliland’s context. The application can also be used for data collection on antenatal issues which again can be used in planning the treatment and prevention of pregnancy related complications in Somaliland. Regular antenatal visits and continuous use of health care services during the pregnancy ensures monitoring and addressing early warning signs timely.

SKP works closely together with the National Institute for Health and Welfare in Finland (THL) who supports the adaptation and development of the WHO’s antenatal guidelines into the Somaliland context. This support is set to lay out groundwork for further development of a standardized maternal care scheme in Somaliland. Furthermore, SKP has a large pool of experts available who may be upon request provide professional consultation and trainings to health care experts in Somaliland using the online telemedicine concept. A midwife and a general doctor has been assigned to work on the antenatal health care services and activities in Somaliland.

Dental Care

Currently SKP is in a process of conducting a situation analysis on the available dental care equipment, methods and dental health personnel in Somaliland. Particularly the focus is on pregnant women who need to be monitored to gain knowledge for decreasing the maternal mortality caused by oral infections.

SKP has developed a QAdental portal, which is going to be used in Somaliland among dental care professionals. It is a web-based portal, where Somali healthcare professionals can receive online clinical consultations from Nuovo Nordic dental professionals. QAdental brings the knowledge of various specialties to areas where it does not exist, having an archive of the different case scenarios for easy access to support experts in their daily work.

For more information on the above activities please contact IOM Helsinki at aaguilera@iom.int

For more information on the Telemedicine services please contact Jani Korpela at jani.korpela@terveydenhuolto.com