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Aamin Ambulance

The man behind Somalia’s only free ambulance service

Somalia’s capital city – where there are frequent and deadly bomb blasts – only has one free ambulance service, which was founded by Abdulkadir Abdirahman Adan 13 years ago.

When he returned from Pakistan, where he had been studying dentistry, to Mogadishu as a fresh graduate he was struck by the lack of ambulances on the busy streets – and people using wheelbarrows to ferry the sick to hospital.

The very few ambulances that did exist and respond to calls came from private hospitals and patients had to pay for their collection.

So not long after his return, Dr Adan decided to start an ambulance service.

“I bought a minibus, revamped it and made it accessible for wheelchair users too,” he told the BBC.

He started to operate the minibus, carrying the wounded, injured and the heavily pregnant to the hospital.

Such was the demand for the service that he realised it needed to expand and he began frequenting the city’s open-air markets and corner shops, looking for potential donors.

“I managed to convince a group of local entrepreneurs to chip in and buy us another minibus,” he says.

At the time Dr Adan was a part-time tutor at a couple of universities in the city.

“I asked my students if they wanted to save a life and if they did, to donate a $1 (£0.75) a month to help save our brothers and sisters,” he says.

Soon everywhere he went, he began to ask people to contribute a $1 a month to help run Aamin Ambulance.

‘No government funding’

“Aamin” means “trust” in Somali – and most residents of the city feel it has lived up to its name in a society failed by its politicians.

Today Aamin Ambulance, which survives on donations, has a staff of 35 people. Many of them are volunteers and students, Dr Adan says.

The volunteers are not paid a salary but some of their expenses, such as transportation, are covered.

The service has a fleet of 20 ambulances and a driver for each vehicle.

“We operate on donations. We don’t receive any funding or help from the government.

“A while ago, we asked the Mogadishu mayor’s office if they could assist us with 10 litres of petrol a day but we are still waiting to hear about that.”

‘Somalis are very generous people’

But Dr Adan has been able to attract some backing from the United Nations.

“WHO [the World Health Organization] bought us two cars. UNDP donated some walkie-talkies,” the 45-year-old says.

“We bought second-hand ambulances from Dubai and had them delivered here. Recently, the British embassy in Mogadishu organised a half-marathon to raise funds for our service.

“I spoke to the police commissioner, who rescinded the ban but he told us to let them know when we are attending to an emergency. We are not allowed to talk to the media or talk about the body count.”

While a spokesman for the regional authority, Salah Hassan Omar, told the BBC it had all been a misunderstanding and was more about “how to best work together”.

For Dr Adan, such headaches can be overcome as he is heartened by the generosity he has experienced since starting the ambulance service.

“Every person in this life has a purpose and the most valuable thing for me is human life. That is my driving force,” he says.

“Somalis are very generous people, even when they have nothing. Our country has been in turmoil for 30 years and it is only active because of money sent from abroad.

“Our country has been running on the generosity and goodwill of Somalis in the diaspora for decades.

“Aamin is almost a joint community effort – we have had to take the reins for the well-being of our fellow Somalis.”

‘We’re not political’

Although Mogadishu has been in the news for bombings carried out by the militant group al-Shabab, Aamin Ambulance service is not solely borne out of the need to attend to these types of attacks.

Mr Adan says the ambulances go where they are needed, whether it is to attend to a small child, a woman going into labour or an old person in need of assistance.

“Anything really and anyone who needs our help – we have paramedics and nurses ready,” he says.

For the future, Dr Adan envisions a Somalia where nobody needs to die because they are unable to get help in time.

He would like to see Aamin Ambulance expand to cover the whole country.

It may seem like an unlikely vision as al-Shabab still controls most rural areas – but Dr Adan is nothing if not determined.

And al-Shabab, known for demanding protection money from many Somali businesses – even in Mogadishu from where it was expelled in 2011, does not seem to hassle Aamin Ambulance.

“We’re not a business, we’re not making a profit and we’re not political. I can’t possibly see what al-Shabab would want with us,” says Dr Adan.

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UNSOS Marathon with Aamin Ambulance

Memorial run organized by UNSOS and Aamin Ambulance

The Marathon is honor of Samia Yusuf Omar held in Mogadishu to mark celebration of #WomensDay.

450 athletes, including foreigners participated in the marathon In commemoration of Samia, Somali Olympic runner who died trying to reach Europe.

See the photos

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14 October 2017

Tiiraanyo iyo Talo soo jeedin 14 Oktoobar

Waxaan tacsi Tiiraanyo leh u direynaa dhammaan intii kugeeriyootay qarixii 14-October-2017 Moqdisho waxaan sidookale ALLE uga baryeeynaa caafimaad taam ah inuu siiyo intii ku naafowday badal kheyr lehna siiyo intii ku Cayrtowday.

Waa Maalin xusuus uleh dhamaan umada Soomaaliyeed qaraxii 14-October-2017 waxuu sameeyn ku yeeshay Gurikasta, Gobol,Degmo iyo tuulo kasta Geyiga Soomaalidu degto.

Sikastaba ha haayee waxaan Qiraynaa inuu qaraxaani ahaa mid kii ugu saameeynta iyo waxyeelada badnaa Ebad soomaaliya somara
Waxaan kamid ahaa kooxdii Gurmedka Deg deg ah ee Aamin Ambulance waxaan arkay wax dadka kale aysan arkin tusaale waxan arkeynay dad dhig baxaaya,gawaari gubaneysa,guryo dumaya iyo dad Oynaaya oo Gurmad ubaahnaa.

Waxaan qiyaasayaa in Cashar lama ilaawaan ah in lagabartay Qarixii 14 October 2017 Balse aan lagafaaideysan Fursadaas

Talo soo jeedid
Waxaan ku talineynaa in lahagaajiyo Gurmadka deg deg ah sida Ambulance yada,dab damiska iyo Isbitaalada Kashaqeeya Caafimadka Howlaha Deg deg ah

Mahadsanidiin
Dr Abdulkadir Abdirahman Haji Aden

14 October 2017 14 October 2017 14 October 2017 14 October 2017 14 October 2017 14 October 2017 14 October 2017 14 October 2017 14 October 2017 14 October 2017 14 October 2017 14 October 2017 14 October 2017 14 October 2017 14 October 2017 14 October 2017 14 October 2017 14 October 2017 14 October 2017

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Heavy Explosion of Howlwadag district Mogadishu

It has been a sad day in Mogadishu as car bomb attacks hit a of Howlwadag district headquarter. The explosive have killed 4 people and wounded 14 others including 6 children. AAMIN AMBULANCE has immediately attended the scene and assisted more than 14 persons to reach the medical centres in Mogadishu.

This is coming after there has not been attacks in the city for the last month and so; we pray for all the dead to rest in peace and the wounded to be healed soon In Sha Allah. Ameeen!

PHOTOS ABOUT Explosion of Howlwadag district

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Who We Are

AAMIN was established in Somalia in 2006 by Somali professionals to address the most important sectors for the livelihood of the Somali community. These sectors include Food, Health, Education and Water and Youth Livelihood programs. AAMIN was also established to enable youth who are marginalized to secure sustainable jobs and employment opportunities equitably.

AAMIN has one BoD. The BOD supervises both AAMIN Ambulance and AAMIN Organization. However, AAMIN and AAMIN Ambulance have different management teams and staff as outlined later in this document. There are some shared responsibilities for staff as indicated on the organization structure.

AAMIN has a good relationship with the local authorities and communities and also a good reputation with project beneficiaries in the organization’s areas of coverage.
AAMIN is an active member of various networks that include South Central Somali Health Cluster and Somali Health Cluster and Food Security and Livelihood Cluster.

The association also maintains excellent relations with civil society organizations within the country in the various aspects of relief, development, peace building and human rights.

AAMIN is also registered in the Somali Federal Government (SFG) and respective regions that it operates.

Since AAMIN was founded, it has completed a dozen projects in Banadir, Hiran and Galguduud. The projects were conducted in partnership with leading humanitarian and development agencies including; UNOCHA, UNDP, W.H.O. USADF, NRC, ARC and IRC.

AAMIN Ambulance was established to provide free ambulance services to residents of Mogadishu after it has been observed that no functioning public ambulances services existed. The aim is to provide top notch emergency pre-hospital care to government and private clients in the Somalia. Our state-of-the-art ambulances are equipped with the latest technologies and staffed with carefully selected pre-hospital care professionals from all over the world. Aamin Ambulance has received an award from Ministry of Health and Social Services of the Federal Republic of Somalia and seeking to obtain the following certifications: ISO 9001 (QMS), ISO 14001 (EMS) and OHSAS 18001. We demonstrate our commitment to clients by the way we operate.

Until 2017, AAMIN Ambulance was part of AAMIN ORGANIZATION (formerly known as AAMIN VOLUNTARY AND RELIEF ORGANIZATION (AVRO), a registered civil society non-profit organization providing Health, Education (providing community training for the youth such carpentry, mobile repair, and tailoring workshops & rehabilitation of public schools), Job Placement/Employment, & Food Security and Livelihood. In 2017, the Board of Directors (BoD) decided to de-link Aamin Ambulance from Aamin Organization, but still part of AAMIN ORGANIZATION and finally registered as AAMIN Ambulance, is an independent entity under the supervision of the Board of Directors and has its own Director and management staff with an expanded role that included community prevention, response and recovery.

After years of conflict in Somalia, it is still difficult to securely access health care, the medical infrastructure is inadequate and many health professionals have left the country. Despite these challenging conditions, AAMIN AMBULANCE is among the Somali local health workers who are making considerable efforts to provide emergency care services.

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Who We Are

AAMIN was established in Somalia in 2006 by Somali professionals to address the most important sectors for the livelihood of the Somali community. These sectors include Food, Health, Education and Water and Youth Livelihood programs. AAMIN was also established to enable youth who are marginalized to secure sustainable jobs and employment opportunities equitably.

AAMIN has one BoD. The BOD supervises both AAMIN Ambulance and AAMIN Organization. However, AAMIN and AAMIN Ambulance have different management teams and staff as outlined later in this document. There are some shared responsibilities for staff as indicated on the organization structure.

AAMIN has a good relationship with the local authorities and communities and also a good reputation with project beneficiaries in the organization’s areas of coverage.
AAMIN is an active member of various networks that include South Central Somali Health Cluster and Somali Health Cluster and Food Security and Livelihood Cluster.

The association also maintains excellent relations with civil society organizations within the country in the various aspects of relief, development, peace building and human rights.

AAMIN is also registered in the Somali Federal Government (SFG) and respective regions that it operates.

Since AAMIN was founded, it has completed a dozen projects in Banadir, Hiran and Galguduud. The projects were conducted in partnership with leading humanitarian and development agencies including; UNOCHA, UNDP, W.H.O. USADF, NRC, ARC and IRC.

AAMIN Ambulance was established to provide free ambulance services to residents of Mogadishu after it has been observed that no functioning public ambulances services existed. The aim is to provide top notch emergency pre-hospital care to government and private clients in the Somalia. Our state-of-the-art ambulances are equipped with the latest technologies and staffed with carefully selected pre-hospital care professionals from all over the world. Aamin Ambulance has received an award from Ministry of Health and Social Services of the Federal Republic of Somalia and seeking to obtain the following certifications: ISO 9001 (QMS), ISO 14001 (EMS) and OHSAS 18001. We demonstrate our commitment to clients by the way we operate.

Until 2017, AAMIN Ambulance was part of AAMIN ORGANIZATION (formerly known as AAMIN VOLUNTARY AND RELIEF ORGANIZATION (AVRO), a registered civil society non-profit organization providing Health, Education (providing community training for the youth such carpentry, mobile repair, and tailoring workshops & rehabilitation of public schools), Job Placement/Employment, & Food Security and Livelihood. In 2017, the Board of Directors (BoD) decided to de-link Aamin Ambulance from Aamin Organization, but still part of AAMIN ORGANIZATION and finally registered as AAMIN Ambulance, is an independent entity under the supervision of the Board of Directors and has its own Director and management staff with an expanded role that included community prevention, response and recovery.

After years of conflict in Somalia, it is still difficult to securely access health care, the medical infrastructure is inadequate and many health professionals have left the country. Despite these challenging conditions, AAMIN AMBULANCE is among the Somali local health workers who are making considerable efforts to provide emergency care services.

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Who We Are

AAMIN was established in Somalia in 2006 by Somali professionals to address the most important sectors for the livelihood of the Somali community. These sectors include Food, Health, Education and Water and Youth Livelihood programs. AAMIN was also established to enable youth who are marginalized to secure sustainable jobs and employment opportunities equitably.

AAMIN has one BoD. The BOD supervises both AAMIN Ambulance and AAMIN Organization. However, AAMIN and AAMIN Ambulance have different management teams and staff as outlined later in this document. There are some shared responsibilities for staff as indicated on the organization structure.

AAMIN has a good relationship with the local authorities and communities and also a good reputation with project beneficiaries in the organization’s areas of coverage.
AAMIN is an active member of various networks that include South Central Somali Health Cluster and Somali Health Cluster and Food Security and Livelihood Cluster.

The association also maintains excellent relations with civil society organizations within the country in the various aspects of relief, development, peace building and human rights.

AAMIN is also registered in the Somali Federal Government (SFG) and respective regions that it operates.

Since AAMIN was founded, it has completed a dozen projects in Banadir, Hiran and Galguduud. The projects were conducted in partnership with leading humanitarian and development agencies including; UNOCHA, UNDP, W.H.O. USADF, NRC, ARC and IRC.

AAMIN Ambulance was established to provide free ambulance services to residents of Mogadishu after it has been observed that no functioning public ambulances services existed. The aim is to provide top notch emergency pre-hospital care to government and private clients in the Somalia. Our state-of-the-art ambulances are equipped with the latest technologies and staffed with carefully selected pre-hospital care professionals from all over the world. Aamin Ambulance has received an award from Ministry of Health and Social Services of the Federal Republic of Somalia and seeking to obtain the following certifications: ISO 9001 (QMS), ISO 14001 (EMS) and OHSAS 18001. We demonstrate our commitment to clients by the way we operate.

Until 2017, AAMIN Ambulance was part of AAMIN ORGANIZATION (formerly known as AAMIN VOLUNTARY AND RELIEF ORGANIZATION (AVRO), a registered civil society non-profit organization providing Health, Education (providing community training for the youth such carpentry, mobile repair, and tailoring workshops & rehabilitation of public schools), Job Placement/Employment, & Food Security and Livelihood. In 2017, the Board of Directors (BoD) decided to de-link Aamin Ambulance from Aamin Organization, but still part of AAMIN ORGANIZATION and finally registered as AAMIN Ambulance, is an independent entity under the supervision of the Board of Directors and has its own Director and management staff with an expanded role that included community prevention, response and recovery.

After years of conflict in Somalia, it is still difficult to securely access health care, the medical infrastructure is inadequate and many health professionals have left the country. Despite these challenging conditions, AAMIN AMBULANCE is among the Somali local health workers who are making considerable efforts to provide emergency care services.

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