Somaliland has one of the HIGHEST

Maternal and Infant Mortality rates in the world. Help Edna to train and dispatch 1000 midwives throughout the country and save lives.

Welcome to the Edna Adan Hospital, Hargeisa, Somaliland

The health of the people of Somaliland is among the worst in Africa, with one of the highest Maternal and Infant Mortality rates in the world. Every year, one baby in eight dies in infancy while nearly 4000 Somali women die in childbirth. This tragedy can be attributed in large part to the long civil war which brought about the death or departure of nearly all of the country’s trained health care professionals.

Edna Adan Hospital opened in 2002 and now provides a much higher standard of patient care than is available elsewhere in Somaliland. In addition to services and facilities relating specifically to maternal and infant care, the hospital has diagnostic laboratory facilities and an emergency Blood Bank; and provides diagnosis and treatment for Sexually Transmitted Diseases including testing for HIV/AIDS.

The hospital, located in Hargeisa (or Hargeysa), is a non-profit charity community hospital built by Edna Adan Ismail who donated her U.N. pension (from the World Health Organization) and other personal assets so that she might help to address the grave health problems that endanger the lives of women and children in the Horn of Africa.

Edna Adan Hospital seeks to fill not only the urgent need for health care but also to provide – in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, UNICEF, and WHO – training for a new generation of nurses and midwives qualified to provide Reproductive Health Care throughout Somaliland.

The hospital makes available its facilities in Hargeisa for purposes including medical research, studies and counselling with particular attention to the health problems associated with Female Genital Mutilation. The Somaliland Family Health Association works in close partnership with the Edna Adan Hospital.

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