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Our Institutional Partners

KSP works with 13 key Somaliland institutions, spanning health training institutions, hospitals, professional associations and the national regulator. These are listed below:

Amoud University Medical School

The Faculty of Medicine at Amoud University in Boroma opened in 1999. It was the first Faculty of Medicine in Somaliland, and started teaching medical students in 2000. King’s and THET were the first organisations to visit the Faculty of Medicine in 2002 and they joined the Partnership in 2003. The first intake graduated in 2007, and were the first doctors to graduate in Somaliland.

Amoud University Nursing School

The Faculty of Nursing at Amoud University (also called Amoud Nursing School and sometimes Boroma Nursing School) was established in 2006 with limited material resources but much professional dedication. King’s volunteers have been supporting the nursing school since its inception.

Burao Institute of Health Science

The Burao Institute of Health Sciences started in 2006, and joined the partnership in 2008. Initially the institute had only one office at the hospital, and a classroom at the secondary school. Within six months they had moved the classroom to another office in the hospital, and received a donation of books and minor materials from Edna Adan Maternity Hospital. The support of a local businessman enabled the current premises to be built in 2007.

Edna Adan University Hospital

Edna Adan University Hospital, although also a clinical institution (see below), has been involved in health professionals training for many years. Even before the hospital opened in 2002, the founder was training nurses and midwives who would go on to staff the hospital. Since 2002, the hospital has formalised and expanded its training programmes which now include a 3-year nursing programme, post-basic midwifery training, and courses for laboratory technicians. 

Hargeisa Institute of Health Sciences

The Institute was first established as a medical school in 1939 to train medical and midwife assistants and auxiliary nurses. From the 1960s, it started training multi-disciplinary groups and soon after Independence in 1963 became a nursing school. After the civil war, the nursing school re-started, and in 2003, the Ministry of Health and UNFPA officially opened the Institute. The first cohort of nursing students graduated with diplomas 2006, and the first nurse tutors graduated in 2009.

Sool Institute of Health Science

Sool Institute of Health Science (SIOHS) is the youngest official nursing school in the country, and the only medical training institute in the region. A group of six professionals opened the Institute in July 2008 with the aim of training new health staff for this relatively isolated region in the far-east of Somaliland. They rented a small house, and donated their own materials and textbooks, and the first group of 34 nurses graduated from SIOHS in July 2011.

University of Hargeisa Medical School

The Faculty of Medicine at Hargeisa University was opened in 2003-2004, and its first cohort graduated as doctors in 2010. Until 2015, the University of Hargeisa medical school and medical school at Amoud University were the only official medical training institutions regulated by the Somaliland Ministry of Health.

Berbera Mental Hospital

Berbera Mental Hospital was the first mental health hospital built in Somaliland.  Built in 1948, the hospital consists of inpatient male and female wards, each subdivided into areas for patients suffering from severe and less severe mental illness.  There is no psychiatrist or psychologist on staff.  At present there are over 70 inpatients at the hospital with various mental health issues including depression, drug abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized psychosis (acute and chronic), mental retardation, and mania.

Edna Adan Maternity Hospital

The Edna Adan Maternity Hospital opened in 2002, with 35 maternity beds. The hospital was KSP’s first partner and the site of the first clinical teaching trip shortly after the hospital opened its doors for the first time. The hospital mainly focuses on addressing the health of women and children, but also provides services to patients who suffer from various health problems.

Somaliland Medical Association (SMA)

This is the national association for medical doctors providing membership, registration, CPD training and workforce planning. Registration is currently optional, but may become mandatory if the NHPC continue to use the professional associations’ databases in their new role in licensing health workers. 

Somaliland Nursing and Midwifery Association (SLNMA)

This is the national association for nurses and midwives and it performs a similar role to the SMA. It also develops the national nursing and midwifery training curricula and has a strong capacity-building and advocacy role.

The National Health Professionals Commission (NHPC)

The Somaliland National Health Professionals Commission is a statutory body enacted by the Health Regulatory Act 19/2001 which was passed by Somaliland’s parliament in 1999. The Commission’s mandate is to protect the public by ensuring the quality of health care provided by health professionals and healthcare facilities, as well as assessing and monitoring that health professions training institutions are adhering to the standards set for health training and education.

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