Slowly and steadily, Somaliland builds its health system

Lancet -May 30, 2015 by Sharmila Devi Somaliland has made impressive gains in strengthening its health services, but substantial challenges remain for the unrecognised nation. Sharmila Devi reports from the capital Hargeisa. Somaliland—a self-declared republic that broke away from Somalia in 1991 and whose independence remains unrecognised by the world—has made great strides since civil war...
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New Dawn

Report May 16: Day 8 We witnessed a spectacular skyscape over Edna Hospital this evening as the sun set on another surgical camp. Plastic surgeon Dr Rhodes and Laura, his wife and surgical assistant, emerged from Operating Theatre Two after an intensive week catering to the needs of twenty-six patients who travelled from all parts of the Horn of Africa seeking treatment. Among the most dramatic...
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Suhayb’s Smile

Report May 15: Day 7 Day 7 of this month’s surgical camp, also the day of Dr. Bransford’s departure, got off to an even earlier start than usual. After providing life-changing surgery to thirty-three people from all corners of the Horn of Africa, there remained one young girl with hydrocephalus whose delicate condition necessitated two operations, back-to-back. Having supervised Drs. Shukri...
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Surgery Camp Winds Down

Report May 14 – Day 6 Today is Dr. Bransford’s last full day of surgery at Edna Hospital—at least for this visit. Time is also running out for our fundraising drive, which wraps up on Saturday. We really need your support if we’re going to continue to hold free surgical camps in the future.Yesterday Dr. Bransford and Dr. Shukri tackled the usual variety of patients. Two...
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Contribute to Maternal and Child Health in Somaliland

Report for May 13: Day 5 Originally posted - Girls’ Globe Over the past week, The Edna Adan Hospital has held surgery camps to improve the lives of mothers and children in Somaliland. A blog series on the hospital’s website highlights the work being done to provide much needed medical care for young babies who suffer from birth defects and life altering medical conditions. We’re excited...
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Surgery Camp Reaches Halfway Point

Report for May 12: Day 5 Dr. Bransford is halfway through his surgery camp, and normally we would be expecting the patients to be thinning out by now. However, Dr. Bill Rhodes and his wife/surgical assistant Laura, along with Thomas, their anesthetist, arrived this afternoon. A new crowd of families, many with children suffering from cleft lips or cleft palates, is gathering to see Dr....
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Surgery Camp Rolls Along

Report May for May 11: Day 4 Sunday was Mother’s Day in the US, but in Somaliland it was just another day at the office (or the operating theater) for our dedicated surgical team, who put in another full day of work, operating on patients suffering from hydrocephalus, spina bifida and hypospadias. We also had a young man brought in who had received a number of particularly nasty insect bites on...
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Happy Mother’s Day!

Report for May 10: Day 3 All of us at Edna Hospital would like to wish all the mothers in the US and the rest of the world a Happy Mother’s Day. We’re celebrating by providing free surgery to handicapped children with various congenital and acquired conditions. Please consider honoring a mother by helping to fund life-changing surgery for someone’s child. Yesterday was our first full day of...
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Surgery Camp Set to Begin Today!

May 8th Report: Day 1 Everyone at Edna Hospital is eagerly awaiting Dr. Bransford’s arrival today. It’s a long trip from the US, but with only six days of surgery scheduled, there’s no time to rest. Families have started to arrive at Edna Hospital. Those who have friends or relatives in Hargeisa may move in temporarily, while others bring sleeping mats with them and lie on the floor of the...
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British Aid Money Goes a Long Way

British Aid Money Goes a Long Way in the Former British Somaliland Proctectorate Recently there’s been a lot of discussion in the media about how £480,000 (USD $744,400) worth of British humanitarian aid supplies found their way into the wrong hands in former Italian Somalia. Earlier this month, the United Kingdom Department for International Development acknowledged that its...
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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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International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

Today is International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, which is a condition suffered by approximately 140 million women worldwide. Edna Adan has always used her hospital and her notoriety to educate the people of Somaliland to reject this practice, which has extraordinarily deep roots in the culture throughout the Horn of Africa. On this day, Edna has provided the following...
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