The Somaliland Nursing and Midwifery Association was established in November 2004. The mandate of the Association is to act as both the professional organization and a representative for the nurses and midwives by protecting, developing, and building their capacity in order for them to deliver quality healthcare services.
The Association has developed its 3 strategic plans since its registration (2006-09, 2010-2015 and later on 2015 to 2020). The Association has successfully raised the profile of nursing and midwifery in the country; has developed a database of all the nurses and midwives who qualified from midwifery and nursing institutes both in Somaliland and in Mogadishu; has facilitated CPD training for nurses and midwives and has promoted improved professional standards and practice. The registered nurses and midwifes with SLNMA has risen from 209 in 2006 to 4145 in 2015.
Some of the Association’s activities are funded by DFID through THET. In addition, the Association has received grants from UNFPA, UNICEF and PSI for CPD training programes. SLNMA has also received grants from The Pharo Foundation to implement specialized perioperative nursing training and educational films for trainings in maternal and neonatal health.