The 14th of December 2019 saw the largest ever gathering of UK Somali medics (and other healthcare professionals) at the BSMA Launch Gala in London.
The evening began with the President’s speech- Dr. Zakariye Ashkir spoke about why the BSMA was needed and what we are hoping to achieve. Following on from this, Dr. Samira Hassan spoke about the BSMA’s Community Outreach programme, which had started to to see some great early success and was building momentum.
We then had a fun ice-breaker challenge in which our guests took part in a Somali medical terms quiz. It was fair to say that we saw a wide range in abilities!
In the second part of the evening, we had great talks from our inspiring guest speakers. We were privileged to have with us:
- Dr. Nura Aabe
- Founder of Autism Independence.
- Dr. Fatumo Abdi
- Public Health Specialist, and Founder of the Somali Mental Health Network.