Ask Edna

United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) has published to her web site, Off The Sidelines, a page of Questions and Answers, questions from her Book Club members addressed to Edna Adan. The goal of Sen. Gillibrand’s group is to make more women aware of the need to be involved in the decisions that affect their lives every day and to let women know that their voice matters, to give them...
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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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Edna interviewed in Switzerland

Following her presentation at the TEDx conference in Geneva yesterday, Edna gave an interview to a member of the Swiss media. Edna shares her humanitarian vision with TED If an elderly woman can build a hospital, everyone has the potential to move humanitarian mountains if they put their mind to it, says Edna Adan Ismail. “We’ll be ten years old in March and it’s given life to...
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Edna at TEDx

Edna Adan will give a presentation at the upcoming TED conference in Geneva about her work in service to the women of Somaliland. She will discuss how she came home to Hargeisa in 1997 from a career at the World Health Organization to find Somaliland’s health care system in ruins. “The ten year Civil war from 1982 to 1991 caused the death of a quarter million of our people and...
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Half the Sky exhibit opening in L.A.

The book Half the Sky is the theme for a new exhibit at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, Oct. 27 through March 11, 2012. The book is by our friends and supporters Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, who include a chapter about Edna Adan and the Hospital. The Los Angeles exhibit also features Edna prominently. Nicholas Kristof, himself, will speak there on October 25. Buy Tickets...
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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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La Croix on Edna & Somaliland (in French)

Our readers may recall that Edna Adan spent some time in France in December, following her highly successful visit to Switzerland. The primary focus of the visit to Switzerland was to fight the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) while the visit to France was focused more on helping women suffering from Obstetric Fistula. Edna provided many interviews in France. This one touches on...
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Edna Hospital: “Dazzling”

We are so pleased that our good friend and longtime supporter, Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof, has once again linked here from the New York Times. The Gifts of Hope: “Edna Hospital (ednahospital.org) is a dazzling maternity hospital in Somaliland, an area with one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. Edna Adan Ismail, a Somali nurse-midwife who rose in the ranks of...
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Bachelor of Science Midwifery Programme

The University of Hargeisa (UoH), Edna Adan University Hospital (EAUH) and Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) would like to announce their forthcoming BSc. Midwifery programme due to start in March 2011. This programme which is the first of its kind in Somaliland is designed to create a new cadre of midwives who will help to address maternal and infant health across the country. The BSc...
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Somaliland: Africa’s Best Kept Secret

Horn of Africa needs an Internal Hero is a newspaper article by South African Iqbal Jhazbhay. Edna Adan was very pleased by the article and recommends it to you. “..But it is Somaliland that has accurately been dubbed Africa’s best kept secret. “In June this year, the region held its second democratic presidential election, which was observed to be free, fair and credible by...
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Breaking a Conspiracy of Silence

In this review of Half the Sky in the NY Review of Books, Sue Halpern discusses the plight of women in the developing world. For Westerners, the words “gender inequality” are likely to suggest pay differentials and glass ceilings and old-boy networks. For the women and girls Kristof and WuDunn write about, gender inequality is more elemental. It takes the form of sexual slavery and...
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