As a result of the severe famine that swept the Somali Republic in 2011, the Kingdom of Bahrain was one of the first countries to take action to provide relief to their Somali brothers. In August of the same year, royal directives were issued to entrust RCO with the mission of providing and supervising those humanitarian and relief aids to the Somali people to help those affected and victims of the famine that swept their country. Three million dollars were immediately allocated to these aids after evaluating all the basic needs. In addition, through Bahrain TV donation was open to the Bahraini public.
Subsequently, a number of Bahraini projects were implemented in Somalia. These projects were undertaken by RCO within the development projects aimed to help the Somali people after the drought that struck Somalia. The Bahraini projects were the first development projects to be implemented in Somalia for more than twenty years. Among these projects:
Due to the dire need for a health facility to serve the people of Somalia, Bahrain Specialist Hospital was built on an area of 17,500 square meters to serve about 3 million people and no less than 22,000 cases per year. The hospital offers various treatment services to the brotherly people of Somalia.
It includes many medical specialties, such as a specialized ophthalmology and ENT centre. Being an integrated hospital, the hospital contains many facilities such as reception, waiting lounge, operation rooms, examination rooms, delivery rooms, emergency department, returning patient rooms, in addition to nurse rooms, lunch hall, pharmacy, 10 wards for women, 10 wards for men, doctor rooms, and management department.
The Bahrain Scientific Complex, which includes Mogadishu National University, comprises the College of Human Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Sharia, Faculty of Political Sciences, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Agriculture, and Finance and Administrative Sciences Institute that delivers specialized training courses. The Complex also includes reception lounge, 8 education and training halls, lunch and kitchen lounge, a manager's room, and trainers' room. Moreover, the Complex contains a Financial Sciences Institute to train government employees, which is reflected on the development of the educational process and creation of a well-educated and enlightened generation of students.
The educational establishment has 17 classes, 400 students (30% female), 22 administrative employees, 80 PhD holders making up the training team and 90 employees from various ministries and government institutions being trained in financial sciences. The Complex plans to receive 1,200 students every two years.
It is worth mentioning that Somalia National University was established in 1950 and has 7 branches across Somalia which were all destroyed during the civil war.
RCO dug 10 artesian wells, 300-metre deep each, across Somalia to serve more than 102,000 people. These wells will pump water to about 250 villages through a network of pipes. Many families have moved to settle down around those well sites. This is because Somali citizens use the water in their daily lives, water their livestock and irrigate their land.
In cooperation with Islamic Relief Worldwide, RCO conducted sight restoration and correction operations for around 4,000 Somali citizens as part of the charitable contributions of the Kingdom of Bahrain for the relief of the people of Somalia.
Four shipments of more than 200 tons of relief, medicine and food supplies were sent to our brothers in Somalia during the wave of drought that hit the country. Moreover, a delegation comprising representatives of local charities and the Bahrain Red Crescent Society was sent.
In recognition of the Kingdom's leading role in supporting the Somali people, the Somali authorities announced that the National Ophthalmology Centre will be re-named "Bahrain National Ophthalmology Centre".