We couldn’t be more proud of the 264 students who recently graduated from the Edna Adan University as fully fledged health professionals. Please join us in congratulating the 82 midwives, 48 nurses, 13 anaesthesiologists, 63 pharmacologists, 17 lab technicians, and 41 public health workers who are the future of healthcare in Somaliland. We salute you all!
Sincerest thanks and appreciation to Australian Doctors For Africa (ADFA), Rotary Club of Brisbane High-Rise, and the many friends in Australia who gave so generously to our hospital’s ambulance fund.
This new vehicle replaces the tired 15-year-old ambulance that has been in continuous use since the doors of our hospital first opened. The lifesaving value of this gift to those whom our hospital serves is truly immeasurable.
From the bottom of our hearts, and from all our staff, thank you so much.
We at Edna Hospital love Australia!
We wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of John Drysdale, who passed away yesterday. John was a British citizen who first came to British Somaliland Protectorate in 1943 as a young Lieutenant during the Second World War, and who lived in Somaliland for most of the intervening years.
John was a friend of Somaliland and a friend of my late parents as well as my late first husband, President Mohamed Ibrahim Egal. When the Edna Adan Hospital was opened in 2002, John was a member of the first Board of Trustees of my hospital. John had many books published about Somaliland and was among the few foreigners who spoke our Somali language fluently. He will be greatly missed. – Edna Adan Ismail
The Edna Adan Hospital Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) registered charity that supports the Edna Adan Maternity and Teaching Hospital, is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Executive Director, Sandeep Bathala, and welcomes her to help further the mission of the hospital and increase its impact on the health and welfare of women and children in Africa.
The Edna Adan University Hospital trains midwives and other medical professionals to improve maternity healthcare in Somaliland and has also pioneered the campaign against the harmful practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Africa.
Bathala will help the foundation reach new partners and supporters to advance the remarkable work that Edna Adan is doing in Africa and for which she has been recognized internationally through the following awards: Legion of Honor from France; Honorary Doctoral Degree from University of Pennsylvania and the same from Clark University as well as from Ahfad Women’s University in the Sudan; President’s Gold Medal from University of Pretoria, South Africa, for her work on Human Rights; Inaugural recipient of the Renfield Award for her work on Global Health, from the University of Pennsylvania; and her name has been added to the Medical Mission Hall of Fame, University of Toledo.
Bathala says, “I am delighted to join EAHF and am fully committed to supporting Edna’s work to ensure that women have access to quality health care provided by trained professionals and am happy to join the effort towards the eradication of genital cutting. I am confident that the hospital not only makes a difference in the lives of girls and women treated in real and meaningful ways, but empowers women in general and midwives and nurses in particular”
“The members of the Board of the EAHF are thrilled to have Sandeep join the team given her diverse professional background in the nonprofit sector,” said Rukia Dahir, the founder and chairperson of EAHF.
Prior to this new position, Bathala led the planning, development, and implementation of seminars, workshops, and conferences on maternal and reproductive health for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Inc. She also collaborated with the African Population and Health Research Center in Kenya; Oxfam India; Population Foundation of India; and Centre for Population and Reproductive Health in Nigeria.
Prior to joining the Wilson Center, Bathala served as Sierra Club’s Global Population Program Director, where she coordinated study tours to India and Ethiopia and outreach activities to build a base of support for integrated reproductive health programs. She spearheaded advocacy partnerships with family planning agencies in Albania and Mali at Planned Parenthood. She assisted Attie and Goldwater Productions with filming and producing documentaries on female genital cutting, family planning, and maternal health in Mali. Her experience has also been enhanced through work with several women’s organizations.
Bathala holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and women’s studies and a master’s degree in social work, with an administration, planning, and policy focus – both from Rutgers University.
“Our work serves a community that has a dire need for basic health care. With Sandeep at the helm of the foundation, we will provide more women in Somaliland the opportunity to have a healthy pregnancy and safe childbirth, and in the elimination the practice of FGM,” said Edna Adan, founder of the Edna Adan University Hospital.
Somaliland and neighboring Somalia have been described as the worst places to be a mother. According to UNICEF, Somaliland has a Maternal Mortality Rate of between 1,000 and 1,400 deaths per 100,000 live births. Mothers who gave birth in Edna’s hospital during the past 14 years faired 75 percent better than the national average.
In addition to her hospital, Edna Adan is a former First Lady and a former Foreign Minister of Somaliland, a peaceful country with a population of 4 million people that is located in the Horn of Africa and borders Ethiopia, Somalia and Djibouti.
Together, we have achieved so much: over 18,000 babies born at our hospital, as many mothers safely delivered, their families and communities stronger and healthier thanks to the work of Midwives like Khadan and Ikraam.
But there is still much to do. This ??MothersDay? will you help us train more Midwives? Please give the gift of safe motherhood today.
Nobody ever said it better than our dear friend Nicholas Kristof writing in the New York Times.
In a few days Americans will celebrate Mother’s Day with roses, chocolates and fine dinners, inducing warm and fuzzy feelings all around. But, in addition, I’ll bet helping mothers less fortunate would also render any mom giddy.
That’s what some Americans have decided to do: commemorate motherhood by saving the lives of mothers halfway around the world — such as in this impoverished nook of Somaliland in the horn of Africa. Beyond celebrating moms with fleeting flowers, they are helping an extraordinary Somali woman, Edna Adan, run a maternity hospital here to make childbirth safer. ~ Full Article
Due to an unacceptably high maternal mortality rate, the Midwives of Somaliland have pledged to train 1,000 Midwives as the most effective way of improving infant and maternal health in our country. Towards this goal, and on International Day of the Midwife, we are proud to announce the graduation of 19 new Midwives in Berbera and 18 Midwives in Gabiley.
That’s 37 torch bearers leading the charge for safe motherhood in Somaliland. Warm congratulations to you all.