Report from Volunteer at Edna Hospital

Judith Thompson is an Australian nurse, trained in London, who was actually born in Hargeisa. She came back in order to volunteer at Edna Hospital, and here is her report on her time spent with us. She brought along her husband, Dr. Rod Thompson an orthopaedic surgeon; a bunch of medical supplies from Australian Doctors for Africa; and enough money to fund the construction of our new Radiology...
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Inspired to Make a Difference in Maternal Health

by Sarah David Originally published to The Huffington Post As a registered nurse, I love to connect with my patients on a human level, positively impact their health, and empower them through education. It is rewarding to interact with patients and see their physical and mental health improve. But I’ve always wondered if there was more I could do beyond the walls of a hospital. Then a...
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International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology

We at Edna Hospital have this week been host to team of doctors from International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG) who are training 24 nurses and midwives in the use of ultrasound. This will contribute to saving countless lives. The team covered topics from How to Optimize Use of the Ultrasound, Early Pregnancy, Ectopic Pregnancy, Basic Fetal Measurements and The 6...
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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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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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Video: Hospital’s Ever-Expanding Mission

“Originally intended to be a small, normal maternity facility…” In this video, Edna Adan relates how the mission of the hospital expanded from the original goal of serving expectant mothers. More than 10,000 babies have now been born at the Edna Hospital. In addition, the hospital treats everything from snake bite to war wounds. Turned out, there were not enough trained nurses,...
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Saving Lives with Ultrasound

There is a training program in progress now at the Edna Adan University Hospital. Students are learning how to make use of Ultrasound machines in order to better anticipate when there will likely be problems with a delivery. ISUOG Outreach has been working with Edna for months now, planning this training. Edna says of the project, “The teams arrived and started training as soon as they...
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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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Doing Something Positive with Grief

A small newspaper in Washington state, The Columbian, recently published an article about one of their local nurses, a recent widow, who was inspired by Nicholas Kristof’s book Half The Sky. Joanne Antonelli found comfort in her grief by volunteering for a month at the Edna Adan University Hospital. First she was numb. Then anger ripped through her. A bone-deep, ever-present anguish set...
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Another Class of Trained Nurses Graduates

This past Thursday night was a great day – we held the graduation of the third group of General Registered Nurses to be trained at our hospital. At first we had planned to hold the ceremony in the open but were pushed indoors by the rains. The graduation ceremony of the 34 girls and 11 boys was honored by the presence of the Somaliland Minister of Health; the Governor of Hargeisa –...
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