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Somali-Swedish Research Collaboration for Health

This training health research programme includes the participation of six universities in Somalia, five universities in Sweden, and the Federal Ministry of Health, as well as Puntland and Somaliland Ministries of health.

We are targeting mid- to senior-level Somali professionals who are living and active within the country to receive both face-to-face and online teaching in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Each trainee will also conduct their own health research project under the guidance of two mentors, one Somali and one Swedish.

Through this process, the project aims to develop a model for working collaboratively within fragile states, with an ultimate objective of stimulating hope and thereby contributing to rebuilding the country.

Publications and news in Media

Causes and contributing factors of maternal mortality in Bosaso District of Somalia. A retrospective study of 30 cases using a Verbal Autopsy approach (Global Health Action, 2019)
Somali-Swedish Research Cooperation for Health (SSRCH)- Planning document, August 30, 2019
Sveriges Radio - Vetenskapsradion, 2017-09-26 (in Swedish)
P1 Morgon SR, 2017-09-25 (in Swedish)
Rebuilding research capacity in fragile states - Supplemental data
Final report of the midterm seminar
Poster - Mohammed Hassan Ali
Rebuilding research capacity in fragile states - 2017
A 1-year health research training and implementation programme - 2017
Healing the health system after civil unrest - 2015
Workshop report 2015
Seminar report 2014

Meetings and outcomes

Student's theses 

Abdiraham Hersi Hassan - Prescribing patterns of medicine

Abdulfatah Abdullahi Jama Hassan - Urological surgery

Ayanle Sulemain Ahmed - Traditional healers and khat

Bashir Dire Jama - C-section delivery

Daud Abukar Yusuf - Health education on diarrheal diseases prevention

Hamda Abdillahi - Utilization of antenatal care

Hamda Hassan Warsame - Neonatal mortality rates

Hussein Jama Had - Hepatitis among pregnant women

Jamila Ahmed Aden - Maternal mortality

Mohamed Farah Abdullahi - Uptake of vaccination

Nasir Ibrahim Said - Place of delivery

Sahra Mire Mohamed - Female genital mutilation

Semira Mohamed Tahir - HIV/AIDS knowledge

Yusuf Abdi Hareed - Self medication

Meeting in Umeå, October 2018

Preliminary workshop report


Final seminar, June 2018

Course syllabus

Meeting in Umeå, January 2018

Background notes


Abdirisak Ahmed Dalmar
Abdul Ghaffar
Abdul Ghaffar - Open lecture
Anneli Ivarsson
Fatumo Osman
Kalif Bile
Klas-Göran Sahlén


Klas-Göran Sahlen
Associate professor
Anneli Ivarsson
Professor, senior consultant (attending) physician
Stig Wall
Professor emeritus
Maria Emmelin
Senior consultant
Masoud Vaezghasemi
Research fellow
Julia Schröders
Research fellow
Latest update: 2024-04-09