Healthcare Issues

Research Article

The challenges facing the healthcare system in Somalia: A review and The Way Forward

  • By Sakarie Mustafe Hidig, Mohamed Hanfi A. rahman Ali, Good Ahmed Egeh - 09 Feb 2024
  • Healthcare Issues, Volume: 3, Issue: 1, Pages: 6 - 16
  • Received: November 28, 2023; Accepted: January 25, 2024; Published: February 9, 2024


Background: The civil war devastated the state of Somalia's infrastructure, especially its health system. The health sector faces rebuilding challenges due to a lack of qualified personnel, enough funding, and efficient governance. Furthermore, post-war decentralization, deregulation, and general privatization of the service sector have significantly altered the healthcare landscape. Methods: In this review article, we provide a comprehensive review to address the challenges facing Somali healthcare, using published studies from the following databases: Pubmed, Google Scholar, Global Health, Popline, Medline, Embase, and Scopus. Conclusion: The work to improve health in Somalia continues, with diseases like non-communicable and communicable posing significant challenges. The lack of research institutes and human resources hinders the effective implementation of health policies.