Why were we there?

  • Armed conflict
  • Endemic/epidemic disease
  • Health care exclusion


Our work

MSF withdrew from Somalia in 2013 due to ongoing security and operational issues that had not improved and made it impossible to work in the country safely and effectively.

This is an excerpt from MSF-USA's 2012 Annual Report:

With Somalia’s infrastructure largely destroyed by war, MSF worked to address gaps both in areas controlled by the government and opposition groups—though it did not open new non-emergency projects until colleagues Blanca Thiebaut and Montserrat Serra, who were abducted from the Somali  refugee camps in Dadaab, Kenya in October 2011, are released unharmed.

(note: They were released in July 2013)

In the meantime, MSF supported a children’s hospital in Mogadishu, while mobile teams carried out consultations, referrals, and routine vaccinations further afield. Clinic and mobile unit teams provided services in several other locations in the capital as well, focusing particularly on women, children, and the displaced.

MSF also managed the 60-bed Daynile hospital on Mogadishu’s outskirts, providing emergency, nutrition, pediatric, surgical, maternity, and intensive care services. Operations suspended in March due to security issues resumed in September.

In the Afgooye corridor between Mogadishu and Afgooye, MSF supported a 30-bed community hospital, the only health facility in the area, offering outpatient consultations, emergency services, maternity care, and an outpatient feeding program. Staff screened children for malnutrition and measles in nearby displacement camps as well.

Teams in Dinsor, Bay region, offered inpatient care, nutrition and maternity services, treatment for kala azar, and TB care. In the frontline cities of Jowhar and Balcad, MSF supported a maternity hospital and ran four clinics focused on mother-and-child care, nutrition, vaccinations, and TB.

MSF also supported pediatric, TB, and maternity services in Galkayo North, and a hospital offering emergency, maternity and pediatric care, TB treatment, and surgery in Galkayo South.

In Marere, in Lower Juba region, MSF offered maternity care, emergency obstetrics, surgery, and TB treatment, while mobile teams provide basic health care and treat malnutrition in displacement camps.

In Jilib, staff ran a measles isolation unit and treats cholera. MSF also treats child malnutrition, measles, and cholera in Kismayo.

In Somaliland, staff provided care and water and sanitation services in Hargeisa, Mandheera, and Burao prisons; psychiatric support in the Berbera mental health clinic; and, working with the MOH, inpatient services at Burao general hospital.

A lab technician tests for tuberculosis at Galkayo hospital. © Siegfried Modola

At the end of 2012, MSF had 1,990 staff in Somalia. MSF worked in the country from 1991 to 2013.

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