National Institute of Health

Tel: +252 618 910330

Mogadishu, Somalia

Mohamed Guled Farah -  Director


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Institute Profile

The National Institute of Health (NIH) Somalia is a parastatal governmental public health institution that is a legal body with financial, administrative, and technical independence, as well as the legal eligibility to proceed with all the actions and works that ensure achieving its mandate. After seeing the absence of an institution with the capability to develop and implement advanced and innovative public health projects and research in Somalia, the establishment of the NIH under the MOH&HS was envisaged with the cooperation and coordination of the national and international partners with the idea of strengthening the FMOH’s capability to develop a more effective and sustainable health care system in the country.

Established in 2013, NIH focuses on the national public health issues whereby the data generated will be used for tracking health risks, identifying emerging problems, improving treatment, and evaluating programs. The institute will provide evidence-based advice to the Ministry of Health and Human Services (MOH&HS) and to the Regional Authorities responsible for health. It will also act as the national reference laboratory for infectious diseases.

Based in Mogadishu, NIH's work is organized in three main departments:

  • Department of Infectious Disease and Control
  • Department of Epidemiology Training and Research
  • Department of Finance and Administration