Somali Ophthalmological Society

Dr. Said Hussein Gedi, MD, Consultant Eye Surgeon

Executive Committee members:
Vice President / General Secretary : Dr. Omar Ismail Mohamed
Treasure / Editor : Dr. Abdirahman Abdullahi Ali Hayle


As a member in COECSA (College of Ophthalmology Eastern, Central and Southern Africa) and MEACO (Middle East, African Council of Ophthalmology), the Somali Ophthalmological Society (SOS) has established due to the increased need of a quality eye care in the country wide (Somalia), and have a very shortage Ophthalmologist less then Ophthalmologist for over 12 million populations. Thus, this shortage has caused a wide spread of preventable and curable blindness in the country, especially among the man power and young aged population. Somali Ophthalmological Society has only 5 Ophthalmologist working in the whole Country; three are based in Mogadishu & working in private clinics and the other two are based in Puntland (Garowe, Galkacyo & Bosaso).

Since 1991 after the Civil War, the Government’s infrastructure has collapsed and the absence of National Eye Hospitals, the majority of ophthalmic elites have moved away from the country. We currently have professional ophthalmologists recently trained abroad, mainly from the University of Nairobi and obtained a Master of Medicine in Ophthalmology (MMed Ophthalmology) and after completing our training, we decided to return back to Somalia to serve our people and deliver a high Standard of Eye Health Care in Somalia which compares to the international standard.