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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Suhayb’s Smile

Report May 15: Day 7 Day 7 of this month’s surgical camp, also the day of Dr. Bransford’s departure, got off to an even earlier start than usual. After providing life-changing surgery to thirty-three people from all corners of the Horn of Africa, there remained one young girl with hydrocephalus whose delicate condition necessitated two operations, back-to-back. Having supervised Drs. Shukri...
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Surgery Camp Winds Down

Report May 14 – Day 6 Today is Dr. Bransford’s last full day of surgery at Edna Hospital—at least for this visit. Time is also running out for our fundraising drive, which wraps up on Saturday. We really need your support if we’re going to continue to hold free surgical camps in the future.Yesterday Dr. Bransford and Dr. Shukri tackled the usual variety of patients. Two...
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Contribute to Maternal and Child Health in Somaliland

Report for May 13: Day 5 Originally posted - Girls’ Globe Over the past week, The Edna Adan Hospital has held surgery camps to improve the lives of mothers and children in Somaliland. A blog series on the hospital’s website highlights the work being done to provide much needed medical care for young babies who suffer from birth defects and life altering medical conditions. We’re excited...
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