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 Philipines). “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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Year End Newsletter 2012

2012 has been another busy year which also saw the graduation of our first 21 midwives who obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Midwifery. As always, training of health workers remains our priority because without competent health workers, patients cannot be looked after as they should. For this reason, we have launched the Edna Adan University where 200 students have registered with us to...
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Edna Adan Ismail: a Somali Inspiration

The following profile was written by Joanne Butcher, BA Politics, University of Sheffield, and published here: Edna Adan Ismail: a Somali Inspiration Born in Hargeisa in 1937, Edna Adan Ismail is one of Somaliland’s most prominent public figures. From 1954 to 1961, she studied in Britain – the first Somali woman to do so – to become a nurse and midwife. After working as a civil...
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Ayaan to receive Facial Reconstruction Surgery in Australia

Update March 26, 2013 Australia has refused to grant a visa to Ayaan to enter the country for medical treatment. We are utterly dismayed. Those of you who have been following Edna’s work for a long time will be aware of her efforts to find help for Ayaan who, as a small child, was shot in the face Somaliland’s war to regain its independence. A web site, HelpAyaan.org, was created,...
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Mothers Day 2012 Newsletter

Edna Adan Hospital was 10 years old on the 9th of March, 2012. During the past 10 years we delivered over 12,000 babies and treated over 14,000 patients. The achievement that we are most proud of is we have trained over 700 students, many of them in nursing and midwifery but also belonging to other disciplines such as laboratory technology and pharmacy technicians. Statistics $2000 is what we...
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Edna in Washington

Edna was invited to Capitol Hill to participate in the 4th Annual International Women’s Day Breakfast, sponsored by Women Thrive Worldwide, on March 1. Edna spoke about the issue of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Following some members of Congress, and others, Edna’s presentation about FGM begins soon past the 38-minute mark. See below for a complete video of this event. “When...
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Skirball Center Interview

The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles has published an account of Edna’s visit there in late November, including an interview. Edna discusses the challenges she faced in building the hospital and talks about her work now. “I try to give women in my community an opportunity. They are my army, my soldiers.” The Skirball is host to an exhibit Women Hold Up Half the Sky based...
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Edna’s TEDx Video now available

Edna was invited to Geneva three weeks ago to address a TEDx conference where she spoke about Somaliland and the building of the Edna Hospital. She described how important is the training of midwives to the goal of reducing high rates of maternal and infant mortality. If Edna, beginning at the age of 60, in a war-ravaged and unrecognized country can accomplish her goal to build a hospital and...
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Year End Newsletter 2011

2011 has been another year when once again, the Edna Adan Hospital was blessed with so many new developments as well as new friends. As our friends know, Edna started out as a Maternity hospital but in 2011 we’ve seen many new services and procedures that have changed the lives of people in Somaliland. Here are some of the examples of the 514 operations performed since January, 2011: 185...
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