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Somali-Swedish Researchers' Association

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The SSRA is a small non-for-profit, non-religious and non-political association. The aims of the association are to provide a forum for contacts between academics, professionals, and institutions in Somalia, Sweden, and others interested; to contribute in the reconstruction of academic institutions in Somalia and promote training and research cooperation with Sweden; and to collaborate with other organisation and groups engaged in humanitarian aid and development in Somalia. At present the SSRA has 47 members. 

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Jun 25, 2017

Rebuilding Research Capacity in Fragile States – the Case of a Somali-Swedish Global Health Initiative

Publication in the Scientific Journal Of Global Health Action

Apr 24, 2017

Repliker. ”Vi tar fram ny biståndsstrategi för Somalia”

Shortly after the publication in DN Isabella Lövin, the Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, commented it in a positive way. 

Apr 14, 2017

DN Debatt. ”Dags för akut hjälp – och långsiktigt stöd till Somalia”

We have recently published a debate article in one of the national Swedish newspapers -  Dagens Nyheter – with the title in English translation: “Time for acute help  - and long-term support to Somalia”.

Nov 08, 2013

The Somali National Health Conference

The Somali National Health Conference assembled a large number of Somali health professionals across the different categories of health service providers and academic institutions working inside the country, in addition to a tangible number of Somali health professionals in the Diaspora. 

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Since its start in 1992, SSRA members have conducted research and training projects in different parts of Somalia/Somaliland, related to malaria, the rational use of drugs and sexually transmitted infections. A large number of doctors, nurses, and health managers were reached in such training programs. Some of these were funded by Sida and channeled through WHOs programme for health support to Somalia. 

In recent years a major focus of SSRA’s activities in Somalia/Somaliland has been on community based projects within the area of reproductive health/maternal and child health, and mental health 


In 2011 SSRA received a Forum Syd grant for a project in support of the Network Against Female Genital Mutilation, NAFIS, a Somaliland NGO engaged in the prevention of female genital mutilation and the care of its victims. Forum Syd has granted continued funding for this collaboration up to 2019. 

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