Edna Adan at first Girl Summit in London

Edna was invited by Somaliland First Lady Amina Weris to serve on the country’s delegation for the first Girl Summit in London on July 22, 2014. The event, co-hosted by the UK Government and UNICEF, was aimed at mobilizing domestic and international efforts to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and child, early, and forced marriage (CEFM) within a generation.First Lady Weris stated that...
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Community Midwife Training Program Expands

Everyone who’s familiar with Edna and her work knows about Edna’s dream of training 1,000 Community Midwives to be deployed throughout Somaliland. This past week, we took a big step toward making that dream a reality. Community Midwives are healthcare workers who receive two years of training in basic midwifery and nursing skills. They are recruited from all over the country with...
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Facial Reconstruction Surgery for Ayaan

Edna has traveled with Ayaan to Brisbane, Australia, where Ayaan will receive facial reconstruction surgery to restore her face which was injured during the Somali Civil War. Ayaan has lived all her life with a hole in the side of her face and now, after many years seeking help, she will undergo surgery this week to have the injuries repaired. This case has touched Edna deeply and she is so...
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A Study of Female Genital Mutilation

If you are interested in reading about the issue of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) from every angle, then you’ll definitely want to look at the Africa Journal of Urology. This entire issue is dedicated to FGM. “In line with the objectives of the Pan African Urological Surgeons’ Association (PAUSA) to give special concern to health problems in Africa, the editorial board of the...
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Visit to Balligubadle Hospital

Those who follow our Blog will remember that last Spring we announced that one of Edna’s former students, Nimco Cabdillahi, was one of five young women to win a Half the Sky Movement/Students Rebuild Award. Nimco is a nurse-midwife from Hargeisa who has chosen to relocate the village of Balligubadle because of the need for healthcare workers in that area. In recognition of her...
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Contrasting Somalia and Somaliland

Yan Digilov, Chief Strategist for Firestarter, talks about his discovery of a place called Somaliland which has never been recognized by any government and was thoroughly neglected by the major NGO’s. See below for full video. Here are excerpts. “As a hypothetical exercise, picture in your head a country in Africa limping into the end of the 20th Century facing widespread disease,...
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