Somalia update: Proud to be liaising with Jawaahir Daahir BEM (2BAs, MAs), Founder & Chair Chair of Global Somali Diaspora (GSD), Awarded British Empire Medal by Her Majesty, The Queen, 2014, Winner Woman in The Community Award 2008, Leicestershire Women of Achievement Award, Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce.
Somalia is being ravaged by COVID-19 and drought upon a background of chronic civil unrest lasting more than 30 years.
Somalians are the first African refugees to have arrived in Australia as refugees. They arrive poor and face many struggles in their new countries as migrants facing marginalisation racism and poverty. The English language is also not commonly spoken.
The Somalian diaspora is now enormous for all the reasons we know such as war, human rights and gendered impacts of climate change. These are real and recurring.
Somalia also the highest infant and maternal mortality rates in the world. Countries such as Australia may be a bit out of touch because of the geographic distance and we mix all of West Africa as a group however these are issues we understand from our experience with refugees, climate change causing droughts here and bushfires.
Somalia needs our help and advocacy which I have been invited to participate in and following my talks with the Somalian Health Minister Dr Fawziyar Abikar Nur hiiraan.com/news4/2021/Feb/181635/somalia_s_health_minister_worried_about_rising_covid_19_cases
We have agreed to involve Australian Health Professionals build and support a better health system with the support of GSD Global Somali Diaspora.
A lot needs to be done but every ounce of support will help. I’ll keep you all updated of our progress.
(Participants: A/Prof Magdalena Simonis, Dr Chris Sotiropoulos, Ms Jawaahir Daahir BEM, Mr Ahmed Tohow)
Magdalena is the President of the AFMW (2020-) and former President of VMWS (2013 & 2017-2020).
Magdalena’s deep engagements with the RACGP over many years includes chair of Women in General Practice, is currently on the RACGP Expert Committee Quality Care, prior to that on RACGP eHealth Expert Committee. She is a regular media spokesperson on numerous health issues, being interviewed most weeks by mainstream and medical media. Magdalena has represented the RACGP at senate enquiries and has worked on several National Health Framework reviews.
Both an RACGP examiner and University examiner she supervises medical students and undertakes general practice research. Roles outside of RACGP include the Strategy and Policy Committee for Breast Cancer Network Australia, Board Director of Women’s Health Victoria and Chair of their Strategy and Policy subcommittee and the AMA Victoria GP Network Committee.
Magdalena has presented at the United Nations as part of the Australian Assembly and was recently appointed the Australian representative to the World Health Organisation, World Assembly on COVID 19, by the Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA).