Helping Babies Breathe

This week, Edna Adan University Hospital is host to another Helping Babies Breathe training course. The class is designed to train healthcare workers to intervene quickly when a newborn baby is in respiratory distress. Two of our own doctors, Dr. Naima and Dr. Shukri, have taken the class in the past and are now among the trainers for the seminar. We are extremely proud of them both! In...
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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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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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21 Midwives Awarded Bachelor of Science Degrees

“Today was a big day in my life and a big day for Midwives and a big day for Somaliland! “My daughters – 21 of them! – graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Midwifery. “The President of Somaliland and other dignitaries were there for the total of 640 students who were graduating from Hargeisa University. Our sincere gratitude goes to the Friends of the Edna...
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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 TEDIf 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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Every Woman Every Child Video

See below for a video of the entire Every Woman Every Child conference, a United Nations webcast. Following an address by the U.N. Secretary General and several prime ministers, Edna was featured in the third panel Game Changers. You may skip ahead to 1:34 to hear from Edna. The Every Woman Every Child Plenary event took place on Tuesday September 20, 2011, at the United Nations in New York...
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Newly-Graduated Doctors for Somaliland

Edna cried with happiness upon the graduation of these two former Edna Hospital nurses from medical school. They are among Somaliland’s newest (and finest!) doctors. These two young women first graduated from the Edna Hospital school of Midwifery and then were trained by the Hospital as Nurses. The two showed such a lot of promise that the Edna Hospital then sponsored them through Medical...
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U.N. Report: Midwives Could Save 3.6 Million Lives

Adequate Midwifery Could Save 3.6 Million Lives, New Report Shows 38 of 58 countries surveyed could miss their MDG5 targets without 112,000 more midwives Up to 3.6 million deaths could be avoided each year in 58 developing countries if midwifery services are upgraded by 2015, according to the United Nations Population Fund. The State of the World’s Midwifery 2011, launched at the Triennial...
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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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Graduation Photos

We have a new set of Graduation Ceremony photos to announce. This one was very well attended. Included were the First Lady of Somaliland; the Minister of Health; the Foreign Minister; the Information Minister; as well as a Sultan and several other dignitaries. View Nov. 2010 Graduation Photos Recommend on FacebookTweet about it...
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Midwives’ Finals + American baby

Edna sends news, and photos, from the hospital today. “This morning, we had our First USA baby born at our hospital and delivered by one of our trained midwives. Emily Clarkson is the wife of one of the professors at Hargeisa University and chose to have the baby with us.” And, another group of Midwives will soon graduate. Edna’s goal is to train 1000 midwives at the hospital...
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