Somaliland has one of the HIGHEST

Maternal and Infant Mortality rates in the world. Help Edna train and dispatch 1,000 midwives throughout the country to save lives.

Welcome to the Edna Adan Hospital, Hargeisa, Somaliland

The health of the people of Somaliland is among the worst in the world. One in eleven children die in infancy and, every year, nearly 4,000 women die in childbirth. This tragedy is largely due to the civil war which caused the death or departure of nearly all the country’s health care professionals.

Founded as a maternity hospital, over the past 15 years our hospital has grown into a major referral institution. We treat obstetrical, surgical, medical and pediatric cases from across the Horn of Africa. In addition to services relating to maternal and infant health, our hospital has diagnostic laboratory facilities, an emergency blood bank, and provides diagnosis and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, including testing for HIV/AIDS.

Our hospital is a non-profit charitable institution built by Edna Adan Ismail, who, upon retirement from the World Health Organization, returned to her homeland, Somaliland, and donated her pension and other assets to help address the grave health problems that endanger the lives of women and children across the Horn of Africa.

We seek to fill the urgent need for health care and – in partnership with the Ministry of Health, UNICEF, and WHO – provide training for a new generation of health professionals, with the goal of training 1,000 midwives to serve the needs of women in all parts of the country. We make our facilities available for medical research, studies and counselling, with particular attention to the health problems caused by female genital mutilation (FGM). We work closely with the Somaliland Family Health Association.

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