The non-profit MAS Children Teaching Hospital, named after Dr. Mohamed Aden Sheikh and built on behalf of the hospital by the non-lucrative Italian association MAS CHT onlus, opened its doors to the public on January 29th, 2013.
Dr. Aden was consistently committed to humanitarian efforts across the entire country, working to encourage the return of Somali professionals, particularly doctors, who, like himself, had been compelled to flee and desired to go back in order to help their own country.
Dr. Mohamed Aden Sheikh, who was originally from south-central Somalia, spent his final years working to see health facilities built in the north (Somaliland) as a reward for the peace and stability that have ruled Somaliland for the past three decades, especially in the country's capital, Hargeisa. Dr. Aden passed away in 2010. May Allah grant him among the highest levels of Jannah and give patience to all his family and friends. We pray that Allah will forgive his shortcomings, fill his grave with noor (light), and grant him Jannah-tul Firdous.
MAS-CTH is located next to the existing Somaliland’s biggest public hospital and behind the ministry of health development, the building structure of the hospital combines a modern European concept of hospital with Somali cultural and construction peculiarities. The pediatric facility within the initial module, which occupied 1,300 square meters, provided inpatient, outpatient, laboratory, pharmacy, kitchen, canteen, laundry, guesthouse, and other services. Giorgio Rosental and his architectural team designed the architectural drawings for the facilities in collaboration with FRED.
The Mohamed Aden Sheikh Teaching Hospital also represents an example of collaboration between local institutions and international intermediaries in the fight against socioeconomic decay in the country.
Under the leadership of the country's current president, His Excellency Muse Bihi Abdi, the nation's sole public children's hospital was expanded in 2021 to serve both the country's five million citizens and the larger Somali community living in the surrounding regions. Construction is currently ongoing on the two-floor inpatient building that has been added to MAS-CTH by the Ministry of Health Development.
The hospital started off as an outpatient facility over a decade ago with only two doctors working a few hours a day. Today, we have 15 general practitioners, the majority of whom are seniors, 8 specialists, and 5 resident doctor specializing in pediatrics.
As a result of the dedication of our committed team of administrative, medical doctors, nurses, and other staff members, we have seen continuous development since it opened. In exactly 10 years, we recently achieved one of MASCTH's goals by admitting and treating more than 100,000 children.
We are committed to providing personalized, high-quality care for every child in Somaliland and all surrounding Somali regions, right from birth all the way to young adulthood.
We are committed to providing individualized, high-quality care to every child in Somaliland and neighboring Somali regions from birth to early adulthood, keeping in mind that we must perform excellently as we are carrying the legacy of one of the world's most well-known doctors of Somali origin who devoted his entire life to humanitarian activities, Dr. Aden.
As the MAS-CTH director, I feel extremely delighted to express my appreciation to all those who contributed to the establishment of such a significant institution that provides free, excellent care for all children in our area. I must also congratulate and thank Dr. Piero Abbruzzese for his ten-year commitment to enhancing every aspect of the hospital.
We could not continue to expand and improve without the continuous support of the Marco Berry non-profit organization and, in particular, the La Stampa Foundation-Specchio dei Tempi, and the professionals in Turin (Italy) who are in memory of Mohamed Aden Sheikh.
Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Jiciir
Director of MAS-CT Hospital