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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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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Surgery Camp Reaches Halfway Point

Report for May 12: Day 5 Dr. Bransford is halfway through his surgery camp, and normally we would be expecting the patients to be thinning out by now. However, Dr. Bill Rhodes and his wife/surgical assistant Laura, along with Thomas, their anesthetist, arrived this afternoon. A new crowd of families, many with children suffering from cleft lips or cleft palates, is gathering to see Dr....
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Surgery Camp Rolls Along

Report May for May 11: Day 4 Sunday was Mother’s Day in the US, but in Somaliland it was just another day at the office (or the operating theater) for our dedicated surgical team, who put in another full day of work, operating on patients suffering from hydrocephalus, spina bifida and hypospadias. We also had a young man brought in who had received a number of particularly nasty insect bites on...
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Happy Mother’s Day!

Report for May 10: Day 3 All of us at Edna Hospital would like to wish all the mothers in the US and the rest of the world a Happy Mother’s Day. We’re celebrating by providing free surgery to handicapped children with various congenital and acquired conditions. Please consider honoring a mother by helping to fund life-changing surgery for someone’s child. Yesterday was our first full day of...
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Patients Arriving for Surgery Camp

Report for May 9: Day 2 Dr. Bransford arrived on schedule yesterday morning, and activity is already picking up. It looks like we have 20-25 patients and their families at the Hospital already, and we know from past experience that patients will continue to turn up all week. In a typical week at Edna Hospital, Dr. Bransford and Dr. Shukri will treat 30-35 patients, some of whom require more than...
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Surgery Camp Set to Begin Today!

May 8th Report: Day 1 Everyone at Edna Hospital is eagerly awaiting Dr. Bransford’s arrival today. It’s a long trip from the US, but with only six days of surgery scheduled, there’s no time to rest. Families have started to arrive at Edna Hospital. Those who have friends or relatives in Hargeisa may move in temporarily, while others bring sleeping mats with them and lie on the floor of the...
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Edna Adan & Diane Lane Together Again

Inaugural National Nurses Speaker Series, 5K and Half Marathon Launched by Local Nurses The National Nurses Half Marathon, 5K and Health Institute Speakers Series is a milestone event in support of the best health, fitness and nutrition for our nurses, our community and our nation. This noble health initiative is being launched by nurses in Nevada and will be held October 11-13 at Red Rock Resort...
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Scam Alert !

Not again. But, yes. Edna’s email has been hacked for the third time. If you received an urgent email from her, please don’t worry. Edna is perfectly fine at home, at the hospital. *One recipient of the thief’s email responded by donating $5000 (through the proper channel, not by wiring money to the Philippines). “You can thank the hacker! I got the fake message this AM...
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Edna as Keynote Speaker on End Fistula Day

Edna Serves as Keynote Speaker at International Day to End Obstetric Fistula The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) designated May 23 as International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. This was the first year of “Fistula Day,” marking the tenth anniversary of the UNFPA’s Campaign to End Fistula. Who better to serve as keynote speaker at today’s celebration in Hargeisa...
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International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

Today is International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, which is a condition suffered by approximately 140 million women worldwide. Edna Adan has always used her hospital and her notoriety to educate the people of Somaliland to reject this practice, which has extraordinarily deep roots in the culture throughout the Horn of Africa. On this day, Edna has provided the following...
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