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.
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- 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
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.
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