The Somaliland Family Health Association (SOFHA) is a national non-government, non-profit, and non-political organization that focuses on providing antenatal care and family planning services to Somaliland women.
SOFHA offers an affordable service for families – whilst we charge a small fee, we may waive this on a case-by-case basis.
SOFHA offers a wide range of services, as outlined below. If you would like more information on our services, please use our Contact Form.
All health matters are personal and sensitive, and will be kept confidential by our staff.
- Antenatal care
- Postnatal care
- Outreach to MCH centers, schools, communities, rural areas and other health facilities across Somaliland
- Training for health care workers, religious leaders, and others as needed. Currently we provide birth space counselling training for nurses and midwives as well as workshops for religious leaders on understanding the need for birth spacing in Somaliland
- Health promotion weekly health education session both at the SOFHA clinic and Edna Hospital conducted by SOFHA staff
- Immunizations: SOFHA recommends all pregnant women receive a tetanus vaccine, all newborns receive a tuberculosis (BCG) and polio vaccine within one week of delivery, all infants receive a diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (dTp), influenza, and Hepatitis B vaccine at 6 weeks of age, and a measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine at 6 months of age. SOFHA is able to provide all of these vaccines at our clinic.
- Counseling: Birth Spacing; FGM, HIV/AIDS, GBV
- Information and education on harmful traditional practices, risk signs during pregnancy, and the importance of antenatal and postnatal care, child spacing, immunization, breastfeeding, and good nutrition
- Prescriptions for multivitamins, iron supplements, folic acid, contraception, and other medication as needed
- Referrals to other health facilities such as Edna Adan University Hospital, Hargeisa Group Hospital, or an MCH centre
- Family training: SOFHA is now able to provide training on ‘doula’ techniques to support laboring mothers – these techniques focus on the environment, positioning, and relaxation.