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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Half the Sky on PBS

We are so looking forward to watching Half the Sky on American television Oct. 1 and Oct 2. For those of you without access to PBS, you can pre-order the DVD from Amazon.com Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide is a movement to confront the greatest moral challenge of our time: the oppression of women and girls across the world. Inspired by the groundbreaking book...
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Half the Sky Website Launches

The Half the Sky website is now live at www.halftheskymovement.org! Half the Sky’s Facebook page is at www.facebook.com/halftheskymovement As you may know, we are involved in a project called Half the Sky based on the book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Today the book becomes a movement as Half the Sky launches a new website to share stories of women and girls overcoming...
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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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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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Meet Edna in Los Angeles

We’ve bumped this message back to the top of the page. It’s coming up soon, the weekend before Thanksgiving. Edna Adan plans to visit the Women Hold Up Half The Sky exhibit at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles on Nov. 19, beginning at noon. If you can be in the vicinity, then you are invited to join her as she views the exhibit for the first time. Edna’s work in...
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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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Half The Sky coming to PBS

Countless many supporters of the Edna Hospital have come to us by way of the best-selling book Half The Sky, by Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Those supporters, in particular, will be pleased to learn that there is a 6-hour documentary now being produced for broadcast on PBS. Primetime PBS Broadcast for Half the Sky The two-part, four-hour broadcast will premiere as a...
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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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The Importance of Contraception

Even as we were still reeling from the “avalanche” of donations prompted by Nicholas Kristof’s column last week, he – again – mentions Edna Hospital in his Sunday NY Times column. The context this time is sad. A woman died in Somaliland of complications from childbirth leaving 8 children without a mother. She is among about 350,000 women who die in childbirth...
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Celebrating Mothers Day

Our friend, Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has, again, written about Edna Adan. This time, the occasion is Mother’s Day. Beyond Flowers for Mom “In a few days Americans will celebrate Mother’s Day with roses, chocolates and fine dinners, inducing warm and fuzzy feelings all around. But, in addition, I’ll bet helping mothers less fortunate...
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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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