Why I Support the Edna Adan University Hospital

…and Why I’m Asking You to Join Me Originally published to The Huffington Post by an anonymous donor I’ve donated to support the Edna Adan University Hospital since I learned about its founder in 2011. Edna Adan is a remarkable woman who came to my attention thanks to a New York Times column written by Nicholas Kristof on Mother’s Day two years ago.As you may know,...
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300 Fistula Repairs and Counting

By Tom Kraemer, MPH and volunteer at Edna Adan University Hospital Originally published at The Huffington Post Preventing Fistula Saves Lives. This is the theme of the United Nations Population Fund’s global Campaign to End Fistula. The Population Fund, or UNFPA, is marking the 10th anniversary of this drive by declaring May 23 to be International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. Here at Edna...
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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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Edna Invited to Sponsor Fistula Day

Preventing Fistula Saves Lives. This is the theme of the United Nations Population Fund’s global Campaign to End Fistula. The Population Fund, or UNFPA, is marking the 10th anniversary of this drive by declaring May 23 to be International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. Here at Edna Hospital, we’ve been involved in the fight against obstetric fistula for years, so we’re honored...
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Dr. Eve Bruce Discusses her time at Edna Hospital

By Dr. Eve Bruce, February 21, 2013 I had read the statistics. We all have. I knew about the problems and the need. What I did not know was how generous the people are with their loving kindness ~ and their laughter.Awakening the first morning in Hargeisa at the Edna Adan Ismail Hospital to the sound of the Muezzin Call to Prayer, I peaked out the window where I sleep in the hospital....
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FGM: Torturing Girls

In the third article in a series from Somaliland, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof writes about the persistence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) despite concentrated efforts to eliminate the practice. “This is one of the most pervasive human rights abuses worldwide, with three million girls mutilated each year in Africa alone, according to United Nations estimates. A hospital...
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Recent Achievements at Edna Hospital

Here is a summary, provided by Edna Adan, of some of the highlights of these past few months: 1. After the operating theatre was opened, we had the visit of surgeons from Kijabe hospital who performed the first operations in the new facilities equipped with supplies received from the Fistula Foundation and Direct Relief. Among the operations performed were seven children with hydrocephalus who...
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Gathering to Fight Obstetric Fistula

Some of the most urgent work undertaken by the Edna Hospital is to provide surgery to women suffering from Obstetric Fistula. International Society of Obstetric Fistula Surgeons (ISOFS) held a meeting earlier this month in Senegal where fistula surgeons and health professionals came together to share diverse experiences, research findings, and recommendations for improving quality of treatment,...
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Edna will visit France

Edna Adan has concluded 3 weeks of presentations and meetings in Switzerland where she has been the invited guest of the NGO Terre des Femmes. Edna has been speaking to all sorts of groups, as well as the media, on the topic of Female Genital Mutilation. The final meeting was a roundtable held at the Swiss Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bern. Attending, were Board Members and active...
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Foundation Funds Fistula Treatment Facility

The following is excerpted from a newsletter published by The Fistula Foundation. Together with Direct Relief, they are funding the construction and equipping of an operating theater block where women from throughout this region of East Africa will undergo surgery to repair obstetric fistulas. Photos of the newly constructed operating theaters appears below. We hope to soon be able to provide...
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Fistula Camp

From April 30th to May 10th, we had a team of medical doctors, and anesthetists visiting us at Edna Hospital from WAHA (Women and Health Alliance International) and in partnership with UAE Red Crescent Authority. They were here to carry out fistula repair operations for women from all over the Horn of Africa. This opportunity offered free surgery and free pre and post operation care. To make this...
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Hospital News at Year’s End

Edna Hospital was 7 years old in March 2009. During that period, we received patients from all corners of the Horn of Africa as well as providing care to UN and international staff and their families in Somaliland, and to screen or treat refugees brought to us for treatment by the United Nations.Among the new initiatives that we have taken and which we find most heart-warming, is with the...
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