Somali-Swedish Researchers' Association
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.
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.