Transforming the boundaries of health care: insights from Somali migrants

Med Anthropol. 2011 Sep-Oct;30(5):518-44. doi: 10.1080/01459740.2011.577288.


Despite its growing practice, transnational medical care has not yet been embedded as a critical component of health research, professional practice, or analyses of changes in the social determinants of health. Biomedical practitioners in Finland have failed to take into account the transformative role of transnational health care. Consequently, Somali migrants do not receive informed advice on how to incorporate distant practices into physical and mental health plans. By connecting here-and-there (Finland and Somaliland) studies involving outlooks on and experiences of illness, healing, and interactions among Somali migrants and their medical providers, we show how transnational connections augment personal resilience.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Anthropology, Medical
  • Attitude to Health
  • Emigrants and Immigrants*
  • Finland
  • Health Education*
  • Health Services Accessibility*
  • Health Services, Indigenous*
  • Humans
  • Internationality
  • Somalia / ethnology