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Somaliland – SLNMA

Helping to rebuild the health system in Somaliland

The Somaliland Nursing and Midwifery Association, is helping to change the health care system in Somaliland. This autonomous region in Somalia has among the highest rates of maternal and child mortality in the world. The health infrastructure was destroyed by civil war, with doctors and nurses having fled to refugee camps or overseas. Fouzia is one of the many highly-qualified nurses and midwives who have returned, determined to rebuild the region’s health system.

As director of the Somaliland Nursing and Midwifery Association (SLNMA), she is tackling an incredible shortage of skilled health workers and lack of resources, using Medical Aid Films to improve teaching about emergency obstetric care for nurses and midwives.

“To enable us to tackle this, there is a real need to train our nurses and midwives working in health facilities and our health workers who provide essential care to our communities in remote areas. When they see what they are supposed to do in a film, it’s so helpful.”

Over 100 nurses and midwives graduated from the SLNMA in 2016. They are part of a new generation of health workers taking their skills to build a new, improved health system for the people of Somaliland.

Here you can follow Badra, a midwife in Somaliland talk about her work and how film has helped to improve her and others education.


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