Prof. Abdi Dalmar MD PhD

Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, Caafinet Somalia Ltd
Prof. Abdi Dalmar

Prof. Abdi Dalmar MD PhD

Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, Caafinet Somalia Ltd


I am the co-founder and executive chairman of Caafinet Somalia Ltd. The first Somalia focused network of private health service providers. I pioneered the auto-regulation of the fragmented health care in Somalia. Caafinte’s aim is to improve the quality and access of health services in Somalia. By working with the public sector we also aim to strengthen the public private partnership to reach the universal health coverage in all over Somalia.

I was the President of Benadir University from 2012 to 2018. In my role, I was the highest academic and executive person of the largest medical university in Somalia. I chaired the academic council of the university, which sets the curriculum and syllabus of the courses taught at the seven faculties of the university. I also managed the finances, external relations and am a member of the board of trustees of the university.

I was also the head of Somali Research and Education Network ( Somaliren( 2016 – February 2019). Somaliren is the largest of Somali universities’ network in Somaliland, Puntland and South Central.

October 2012 to date: Director & Consultant Ophthalmologist. Al-Nur Eye Hospital, Mogadishu, SOMALIA. As consultant ophthalmologist, I am responsible for the running of the hospital. I undertake outpatient clinics, routine eye surgeries, teaching at the medical school and school of nursing, supervision of the clinic staff. I am also involved in several collaborative research projects.

  • /activities, consultations and meetings
  • Represents the institution in the forums (annual partners meetings, etc)
  • Collaborates with other national, regional and international networks, as needed, to promote a peer-to-peer learning modality.
  • Submit and receive written documentation of Institutional Review Board (IRB) approvals, or exemption, of the study prior to initiating research.
  • Report noncompliance and unanticipated problems to the SDRI IRB



2005    PhD     Institute of Neurology, University College London, United Kingdom

1996    M.Sc    Department of Ophthalmology, University of Bristol, United Kingdom

1994    M.Sc    Institute of Ophthalmology, University of London, United Kingdom

1983    M.B.B.S Faculty of Medicine, Somali National University, Somalia


Appointments/Positions Held:


Executive Chairman, (2017 – Present) Caafinet Somalia Ltd

Executive Chairman (2015 – Present) Somali Disaster Resilience Institute (SDRI), Mogadishu, Somalia

Trustee (2010-Present) MUFED Charity Organization & Member of SRDF

President (2012 – 2018) Benadir University, Mogadishu, SOMALIA.

President (2006-2013) Somali Medical Association, Somalia

National Coordinator (2004-Present) Prevention of Blindness Program & Focal Person, Vision 2020 Program for the Ministry of Health, Somalia

Director & Consultant Ophthalmologist (2002-Present) Al-Nur Eye Hospital, Mogadishu, Somalia

Chairman (2005-Present) AL-NUR Foundation, Mogadishu, Somalia

Consultant Ophthalmologist (2011-2012) Alliance Medical Centre, Nairobi, Kenya

Consultant Ophthalmologist & Head of Training and Research (2008-2011) Right to Sight, London, United Kingdom

Clinical Research Fellow in Ophthalmology (1996-1998) International Centre for Eye Health, Institute of Ophthalmology, London, United Kingdom

Ophthalmologist (1990-1992) Mogadishu Teaching Hospital, Somalia


Products/Publications/Presentations most closely related to application:

Dalmar, A. (2011) Epidemic Optic Neuropathy in Tanzania: Evidence of a nutritional component in a multi-factorial Aetiology. Neuro-Ophthalmology, Vol. 35, No. S1, 1-104. In submission

Dalmar, A. (2011) Low prevalence of Bilateral (presumed nutritional) optic neuropathy as a cause of blindness in Gambia. In submission

Dalmar, A. (2005) Prevalence of Low vision among school children in Mogadishu, Somalia. Pediatric Eye Care Conference, Kingdom of Bahrain.

Dalmar, A. (2005) Prevalence of active trachoma among school children in Mogadishu, Somalia, EMRO Regional Planning Workshop on Trachoma, Cairo, Egypt.

Dalmar, A. (2000) Evaluation of national eye care programme: Re-survey after 10 years. British Journal of Ophthalmology; 84: 948-951.

Delmar, A. (1998) Trachoma in the Gambia. British Journal of Ophthalmology, Vol. 82, p 930-933.

Delmar, A. (1998) Epidemic of Bilateral Optic Neuropathy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Correspondence to The New England Journal of Medicine, 1547-1548.


Professional Activities/Research:

Somali Ophthalmological Society (2009-Present)- President

Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology (2007-Present)- Member

World Medical Association (2006-Present)– Member

East Africa Ophthalmology Society (2005-Present)– Member

Certification in Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (2008)– Aravind Eye Hospital Pondicherry, India

Community Eye Care Programme Development (2007), Aravind Eye Institute, Madurai, India