UNSOA Medical is mandated to support AMISOM broadly in four different areas.
1. Planning, establishment and maintenance of AMISOM Medical facilities
All the infrastructure pertaining to AMISOM medical facilities is provided by UNSOA, including equipment (maintained periodically by UNSOA through a local contract).
2. Medical supply chain management
UNSOA provides medical drugs and consumables to support all the 32 Level I clinics and 6 Level II hospitals throughout South Central Somalia.
UNSOA Medical services has contracted Aeromedical Evacuation to AMREF, which performs MEDEVACs from Somalia to Nairobi/Johannesburg. A total of 540 CASEVACs, both internal and external, have been conducted since October 2009 to March 2015. The personnel evacuated are admitted and monitored in four UNSOA contracted hospitals in Nairobi; Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH), Nairobi Hospital, Mater and Karen hospitals) two in Mombasa (Mombasa Hospital and AKUH Hospitals) and one in South Africa (Milpark Network Hospital). 115 patients were treated in the contracted hospitals from September to November 2014.
4. Capacity building
UNSOA Medical services is mandated to focus on capacity building of AMISOM Medical personnel. All AMISOM Medical personnel participate in continuous medical education on a monthly basis, and are continuously trained in pre-hospital trauma life support, basic life support and advanced cardiac life support.
Specialist training has also been provided to tackle diseases such as Dengue Fever and Ebola Fever, in order to build the capacity of AMISOM personnel to decrease morbidity and mortality in the mission area.