Somalia is a country without a proper Functional Central Government for more than two decades. After the collapse in 1991, the entire infrastructures of the governments institutions’ were destroyed including all health delivery system at every level. In addition to that, the Faculty of Medicine & Surgery, Somali
National University, School of Nursing & Health Science Technology, Teaching Hospitals and other public and private institutions services were destroyed over the years of civil war.
Now the country is recovering from the civil war, anarchy and the chaos. The Ministry of Health of Somali Federal government is establishing new functional health infrastructures with collaboration of local NGO’s and International donors. Also Somali Civil Societies and prominent Somali intellectuals have made attractive institutions, such as private universities, and international standard hospitals that provide modern health services, etc.
As Somalis trying to revive and rebuild their country, we need real friends to assist and invest in us regarding every sector to be able to come out of the turmoil. By settling functional institutions to create jobs opportunity for the vulnerable segments of the society particularly the youth, trainable disabled populations, middle age groups and parallel to that, to set up a basic health care delivery system to the entire population of the country
285 million people are estimated to be visually impaired worldwide: 39 million are blind and 246 million have low vision.
About 90% of the worlds visually impaired live in low-income settings.
82% of people living with blindness are aged 50 and above.
Globally, uncorrected refractive errors are the main cause of moderate and severe visual impairment; cataracts remain the leading cause of blindness in middle- and low-income countries.
The number of people visually impaired from infectious diseases has reduced in the last 20 years according to global estimates work.
80% of all visual impairment can be prevented or cured.
However, how much percentage of Somali people do you think are having preventable blindness? Did we ever estimate? This is one of the main reasons for creating this society because of evidence based-eye health in the country.
Somalia has no a single well equipped eye Hospital: No Lasers, Ophthalmic Equipments such us Fundus Camera, OCT, Visual Field Test(Perimetry), Phaco Machines and ect.
Somalia we have only 4 Ophthalmologist, in a population of 12 millions as it is very clear, there is a huge need good quality eye care.
Since 2013-2015, we got 13 new Optometrist (Bachelor) degrees. Graduated from Sudan, Pakistan and India, all of them returned to the Country.
Somali Ophthalmological Society (SOS) is the first sub specialty medical society in the country and it is newly established in 2015 which will be under Somali Medical Association (SMA).
SOS is dedicating to improve the quality of eye care in the country through training, research, advocacy and we can achieve through team work.
SOS will develop with the Ministry of Health the strategic plan of prevention of blindness in the country.