The Hawa Abdi General Hospital

The Dr. Hawa Abdi Hospital sits at the heart of the camp. Since 1991, those fleeing the fighting in Mogadishu have been drawn to the area by Dr Hawa’s willingness to give free and equal refuge and medical care to the vulnerable and the displaced.

The medical staff at the hospital run an operation that sees over 500 patients a day. They provide free medical care for both the population of the camp, and the entire Lower Shabelle region.

The camp itself houses about 1% of the entire population of Somalia, and many of the displaced currently reside along the Afgooye corridor, directly adjacent to it.

The hospital has touched the lives of thousands more beyond this turbulent region. It has been central in the development of medical capacity throughout Somalia, playing a vital role training new medical staff, educating the general population about good health and championing innovative Somali-wide training programs. The hospital runs above capacity continuously and is constantly seeking access to better equipment, training manuals, and more medication.

Current Services:


  • Inpatient Care: 400 beds
  • Outpatient Capacity: 300 patients a day
  • Pediatrics Care : 60 beds
  • Deliver 20 babies per day
  • Two functional Operating Theaters
  • Operational Laboratory and Pharmacy
  • Ambulatory Therapeutic Feeding Centre
  • Maternity and Obstetrics services
  • Gynaecological care

Emergency Care

  • A Cholera Treatment Centre (CTC) to provide treatment and care for those most severely affected (80-100 available beds)
  • Therapeutic Feeding Department for assisting severely malnourished children (82 beds)


  • Education and access-to-medicine programs designed to reduce child and maternal mortality rates
  • In conjunction with Amoud University, a Somali-wide specialist training for nurses, doctors and midwives
  • Connect the Hospital to medical members of the Somali diaspora

Our Goals in 2013

  • Secure a steady supply of medications (antibiotics, treatment for malaria and other parasitic diseases)
  • Repair damages inflicted onto the hospital’s infrastructure during the recent conflict
  • Replace existing hospital beds (pediatric, adult, and examination beds), which have become worn down in the past years
  • Obtain medical equipment in our surgical department and emergency room
  • Start a hospital feeding program