Somaliland is a self declared independent state located in the Horn of Africa. In May 1991 it declared its independence from Somalia but remains unrecognized by any state or international organization, though many governments maintain informal ties with the administration.
According to Somaliland government statistics, the population is estimated at around 3.5 million. 45 percent live in urban centres or rural towns. The average life expectancy of men is 54 years and of women is 56 years.
Somaliland has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. The destruction of infrastructures during the war, the lack of resources and the lack of medical specialists has greatly reduced access to health care in Somaliland.
WAHA INTERNATIONAL IN SOMALILAND
Our objective is to provide fistula repair for women in Somaliland and Somalia. WAHA International is addressing the lack of specialised medical personnel by providing personnel when needed to help carry out fistula surgery with the Edna Adan University Hospital and the Boroma Hospital.
Several times a year WAHA International also organizes air and bus transport for fistula patients from southern Somalia and Mogadishu to Somaliland for surgery. Since there are no adequate fistula repair services in Somalia this transport system is of vital importance to help women affected by this condition.
In 2010 a medical team, including a general surgeon, an obstetrician, an anaesthetist, a paediatrician and a head nurse, also provided support to Hargeisa Group Hospital. In close co-operation with the Ministry of Health and the hospital staff we have also rehabilitated parts of the Hargeisa Group Hospital and improved the waste management system.
Picture: WAHA team in Somaliland