Lääkärin sosiaalinen vastuu ry



on 18th November 2023
at 13:00 – 15:00 (EAT) in Hargeisa
at 12:00 – 14:00 (EET) in Helsinki

at HUS New Children’s Hospital Hattivatti-auditorium, Stenbäckinkatu 9

Over the last 17 years, Physicians for Social Responsibility Finland (PSR) has developed an extensive programme to improve tuberculosis (TB) diagnostics and treatment in Somalia. In this time, we have run multiple clinics and built a national reference laboratory capable of supporting clinical laboratories and producing data on drug resistant TB strains. Now we are in the process of handing over the work to the National TB Programme.

To celebrate 17 years of tuberculosis work, we are organizing a seminar on the 18th November simultaneously in Hargeisa and Helsinki to explore what we have learned and how the fight against tuberculosis affects people in fragile contexts. The seminar will be held hybrid. We kindly request registration to the online and Helsinki event at the latest by 12.11.2023, please register here.


How Finland has carried out TB work
Dr. Matti Parry, Physicians for Social Responsibility Finland


Welcoming remarks
Director General Dr. Mohamed Abdi Hergeeye, Ministry of Health Development Somaliland


Relevance of National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory to national programmes
Dr. Vianney Rusagara, World Vision


Relevance of TB and TB programmes to development
Professor Knut Lönnroth, Karolinska Institut


Experiences on how it is to be a global health expert volunteer: why focus on diagnostics?
Senior Research Scientist Silja Mentula, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare


Multi-faceted project management in the Somaliland context, how to deal with stakeholders,
what all to consider for impact
TB Coordinator Dr. Ismail Adam, Physicians for Social Responsibility Finland


How to build a laboratory from scratch
Laboratory Manager Bashir Ateyee and Laboratory Technicians Fatha Osman Mohamed, Abdinasir Muse Muhumed, Samira Abdirahman Ibrahim and Fadxiya Ibrahim Maalin,
National Tuberculosis Laboratory


Closing remarks



After the seminar in Helsinki, coffee will be served and there is time for free discussions. The seminar will be followed by PSR regulatory annual meeting starting at 15:00.

The seminar is organised as a part of the project Towards healthy communities- improved access to quality TB services funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.