Publisher’s Note: In the last few weeks, I have met Abdullahi Abdi Mohamed, Chairperson of the Somali Youth Development Foundation. During a conversation he and I held with Frontrunner League Member, Dr. Osita Aniemeka of Nigeria, we determined that Somalia was in a grave situation with the need for medicine and equipment that will help prevent and treat diabetes. What follows is Abdullahi’s personal plea for assistance. It starts with his email to me (see below) and then a letter. I’m sharing the letter because I know that the United States is not the only country afflicted with this terrible disease; we are just slightly luckier than many. In producing this edition, I found it difficult to secure innovators or stakeholder viewpoints on diabetes advancements outside of the United States. Not entirely sure why that was the case, but, because Abdullahi stepped forward to express a need, I thought maybe the reason is that there are more needs and problems than there are solutions in places elsewhere.
For those with the capability of helping Abdullahi with this concern and have an interest in seeing his list of specific needs (equipment and medicine), I invite you to reach out to us at the Frontrunners League via our Communications Director, Annie Moon at email@example.com.
“Dear Mary: Somalia is lacking a lot of medical equipment and drugs in hospitals which causes a lot of deaths every day. Roughly 6% of the Somali total population for the last 10 years have diabetes and it is increasing rampantly, especially type two. As this concern gradually increases every year, and to minimize such disaster risk, we hereby requesting equipment and medical assistance in order to expand our health activities. According to the latest World Health Organization data published in 2017, diabetes mellitus deaths in Somalia reached 1,019 or 0.81% of total deaths. The age-adjusted death rate is 22.70 per 100,000 of the population, which ranks Somalia #109 in the world. “
To Anyone can help:
Somali Youth Development Foundation (SYDF) has consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) since 2017. SYDF is both registered and operational in Kenya and Somalia promoting and intervening towards environmental, humanitarian welfare and health on youth, women, and girls. With this letter is based on a request regarding medical equipment and drugs, as you may know, Somalia is lacking a lot of medical equipment and drugs in hospitals which cause a lot of deaths every day. Roughly 6% of the Somali total population for the last 10 years have diabetes and it is increasing rampantly especially type two. As this concern gradually increases every year and to minimize such disaster risk we hereby requesting the below the equipment and medications in order to expand our health activities. As I have mentioned, the needs that are on the ground we come up with the thought of asking assistance; having said that our request to your organization is this below attachment (equipment) and medications.
As the head of the organization, I confirm that the information provided in this application is accurate and correct and agree to ensure compliance of the registarion’s guidelines and policies by representatives of this organization to accept our request as I attached with registration certificates and endorsement letters. I request you to kindly consider us as one of the deserving NGOS with full partnership so that we can assure you of proving every bit worthy of it to save those in need of both our help.
Abdullahi Abdi Mohamed
Chairperson of Somali Youth Development Foundation– (SYDF)
Note: The list of equipment and medicine referred to in this letter is available for review from anyone who has a serious interest in being of help. Feel to reach out to us firstname.lastname@example.org