About MIDA FINNSOM Health and Education Project
IOM MIDA programmes focus on strengthening the institutional capacities of African States through a structured framework of mobilization of resources involving countries of destination, countries of origin and diasporas. In Somalia, through its Migration for Development in Africa (MIDA) programme, IOM has been helping the Somali Government since 2008 to strengthen the capacity of Somali institutions so that they can be more effective in responding to the needs of Somali people. MIDA FINNSOM Health and Education project is funded by the Government of Finland that has funded also the MIDA FINNSOM Health projects in Somaliland and Puntland. Similarly to the MIDA FINNSOM Health projects, this project aims to facilitate the transfer of skills, competencies and knowledge of qualified Somali expatriates to public institutions, with focus on two sectors, namely health and education. The beneficiary institution will host the qualified Somali expatriate, and will be responsible to provide a safe and secure work environment. The IOM Mogadishu MIDA staff will monitor the expatriate while on assignment.
Puntlandofficially the Puntland State of Somaliais a region in northeastern Somalia. It is bordered by Somaliland to its west, the Gulf of Aden in the north, the Indian Ocean in the southeast, the central Galmudug region of Somalia in the south, and Ethiopia in the southwest. Its leaders declared the territory a semi-autonomous state of the Federal Republic of Somalia in 1998. Since then, the Puntland Government has implemented limited reconstruction and development programs using its own meager resources, with some support from the donor community. The needs still remain enormous given that the government must build modern infrastructure, systems and structures to provide basic social services such as healthcare and education. The capital of Puntland is Garowe (Nugaal province), though the cities of Bosaso (Bari province) and Galkayo (Mudug province) are far more populous.
About Garowe General Hospital
Located 1.5km from the city center, Garowe General Hospital (GGH) is the highest level referral hospital in Nugal province, serving the needs of its 700,000 inhabitants. GGH was established in the 1970s and partially renovated in 1990, but this work was interrupted by the civil war. Today, GGH (109 beds) offers outpatient, pediatric, surgery, maternity, general medicine, and emergency services. The Hospital has a staff of 97 that includes 12 general practitioners (most of whom graduated within the last three years), 32 nurses (including six midwives), five lab technicians, two x-ray technicians, one technical pharmacist (received only two years of training), and seven administrators. There are no specialist doctors on the staff, though GGH sporadically hosts foreign specialist doctors on a short-term basis.