‘Bursting with pride’: the Class of 2015

7 December: Mansoor Hotel, Hargeisa, a new chapter in the history of the Edna Adan University was writ as the class of 2015, the first to graduate since the university opened its doors, were awarded Bachelor of Science degrees in Anesthesiology, Laboratory Technology and Pharmacology. This magnificent achievement was celebrated by the university community, special guests, family and friends, who...
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Amazing Progress: testimony of a volunteer Nurse Midwife

Nurse Midwife Bernadette Lawlor came to our hospital as a volunteer in 2014. During her three-month stay in Hargeisa, Bernadette threw herself whole soul into helping student nurses develop their skills. One year on, during a brief return visit, Bernadette had occasion to recall some of the highlights of her stay, and marvel at the progress made by her students, once timid young women, now...
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A Landmark Conference

Last month, the Edna Adan University Hospital hosted a special one-day medical conference on the subject of congenital and acquired disabilities among children in the Horn of Africa.  The first of its kind in Somaliland, this was a landmark event for our hospital and the medical profession, drawing over 100 delegates from all corners of the country and beyond. Since 2011, our hospital has been...
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Community Midwives Take the Stage

Picture the scene: the stage is set with a mountain of bright orange boxes piled to the right, each bearing the words ‘Midwifery Kit’. In the centre stands a sign carved with ‘Hargeysa Cultural Center’, behind which hangs a poster proudly announcing the name ‘Edna Adan University’. A hush falls over the almost one hundred-strong audience, as members of staff, students, graduates and...
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Slowly and steadily, Somaliland builds its health system

Lancet -May 30, 2015 by Sharmila Devi Somaliland has made impressive gains in strengthening its health services, but substantial challenges remain for the unrecognised nation. Sharmila Devi reports from the capital Hargeisa. Somaliland—a self-declared republic that broke away from Somalia in 1991 and whose independence remains unrecognised by the world—has made great strides since civil war...
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New Dawn

Report May 16: Day 8 We witnessed a spectacular skyscape over Edna Hospital this evening as the sun set on another surgical camp. Plastic surgeon Dr Rhodes and Laura, his wife and surgical assistant, emerged from Operating Theatre Two after an intensive week catering to the needs of twenty-six patients who travelled from all parts of the Horn of Africa seeking treatment. Among the most dramatic...
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