The most fragile state : healthcare in Somalia

Ali, A.M. and Handuleh, J. and Patel, P. and Whitwell, S. and Harris, K. and Ali, F.R. and Southgate, R.J. and Godman, B. and Al-Hadithy, N. and Gustafsson, L.L. and Finlayson, A.E.T. (2014) The most fragile state : healthcare in Somalia. Medicine, Conflict and Survival, 30 (1). pp. 28-36. ISSN 1743-9396 (

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This paper outlines some of the key political and socio-economic drivers to instability in Somalia and the challenges faced in delivering healthcare in a country where neither economic support nor stability of the healthcare workforce can be assured. We will describe the scope of international assistance and explore key priorities for healthcare system strengthening in the future.