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While the launch of a national health system was a significant step forward in Somalia’s progress toward health-related goals, there remains room for development and improvement of the nation's health system.
In 1981, URC’s non-profit affiliate, the Center for Human Services, implemented the Primary Health Care Operations Research Project (PRICOR) and undertook research in Somalia and several other countries to help strengthen primary health care services. The project’s work hinged on the development of a practical, systematic approach to operations research on critical issues facing primary health care services in developing countries.
URC has also helped Somalia’s government develop an infrastructure for a family health system and build institutional capacity to promote, coordinate, and sustain family health programs. URC is currently focused on expanding basic health services (including family planning), strengthening national health systems, and addressing global issues and special concerns in Somalia.