• Mogadishu, 2012. New recovery room at Keysaney Hospital
    • Mogadishu, 2012. New recovery room at Keysaney Hospital
      © ICRC

    The new facility includes a modern recovery room for post-operative patient care.

  • Mogadishu, 1992. Keysaney Hospital
    • Mogadishu, 1992. Keysaney Hospital
      © SIPA Press / Jose Nicolas / so-d-00018-18

    Keysaney Hospital in northern Mogadishu began war surgery and emergency medical care for Somali civilians and combatants alike just over 20 years ago. The hospital is run by the Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) and supported by the ICRC. A newly constructed operating theatre was recently inaugurated to mark the hospital's 20th anniversary.

  • Mogadishu, 1992. Keysaney Hospital

    "It is an important day for the ICRC and the SRCS, and an emotional one for me – I was there in 1992 when we first opened Keysaney hospital and today we are inaugurating the new operating theatre," said Randi Jensen, an ICRC nurse in Somalia, at the inauguration on 2 February 2012, 20 years after Keysaney Hospital opened its doors. "I'm very proud of the work accomplished together with our colleagues from the SRCS over the years."

  • Mogadishu, 1993. Keysaney Hospital

    Keysaney Hospital was opened on 2 February 1992 in the premises of a former prison on the coast in northern Mogadishu. It has a capacity of 90 beds today and its surgeons and medical personnel perform up to 2,500 operations a year.

  • Mogadishu, 1993. Keysaney Hospital

    The hospital was established in 1992 for the treatment of war-wounded in the northern part of Mogadishu, which had no surgical facilities at the time. The ICRC transformed the building – originally intended as a detention facility – into a hospital, and staffed it with ICRC surgical teams.

  • Mogadishu, 1995. ICRC nurse taking care of a child at Keysaney Hospital

    Since 1994 it has been run by Somali staff employed by the SRCS and trained by the ICRC. The ICRC gives comprehensive support to the hospital including paying the salaries of SRCS staff and providing training and medical supplies. There is currently an average of 210 surgical patients entering the hospital each month, of which 120 are for treatment of wounds inflicted by weapons.

  • Mogadishu, 2006. Child being cared for at Keysaney Hospital

    Since opening, the hospital has treated up to 30,000 weapon-wounded patients, out of 216,000 people in total. A consultation costs one US dollar. Hospitalization costs two dollars in a ward, four dollars for one of the private ward's 13 beds. Thirty per cent of patients, however, are too poor to pay even those fees and are treated free of charge.

  • Mogadishu, 2006. Keysaney Hospital

    Over the last 20 years, Keysaney Hospital has felt the full weight of armed conflict, even being hit by artillery fire on many occasions, including quite recently. Violence against health-care workers, facilities and patients poses serious challenges to humanitarian action today. The vital services provided by medical facilities such as Keysaney Hospital make it imperative that international humanitarian laws (IHL) that protect medical facilities, staff and patients are respected at all times.

  • Mogadishu, 2006. The emergency room entrance at Keysaney Hospital

    Under international humanitarian law, medical facilities must be respected and protected at all times. The parties must spare medical staff and hospitals, clinics and similar medical facilities from the effects of hostilities. Whether launching an attack, defending an area or positioning military personnel and material, all those involved in the hostilities must take every feasible precaution to minimize the potential harm to civilians and to civilian facilities such as hospitals.

  • Mogadishu, 2007. Teaching classroom at Keysaney Hospital

    A doctor teaches medical staff, nurses, and medical university students how to categorize wounded according to the level of emergency care they need. Keysaney Hospital is run by the Somali Red Crescent and all staff, training and equipment are financed by the ICRC.

  • Mogadishu, 2007. Painting on the wall at Keysaney Hospital

    “What makes us able to operate in such a difficult environment is our neutrality," says Mr Yusuf Mohamed Hassan, the hospital's director since 2004. "Keysaney admits all patients, regardless of which clan they are from, their religion or their political beliefs. The services of Keysaney Hospital are essential for the population of Mogadishu: over the past 20 years more than 216,000 people, including 30,000 with wounds caused by weapons, have been treated here.”


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