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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My Work is Not Done – by Wanda Chestnut

This article is by Wanda Chestnut, RN, DHSc, an HIV/AIDS Specialist from Glen Dale, Maryland. Even while working full time, and completing her advanced degrees, Wanda managed to participate in three medical missions to Ghana through her church in 2004, 2005 and 2006. In December 2012 she traveled to Hargeisa, Somaliland to volunteer and complete her Doctoral internship at the Edna Adan Maternity...
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On Faith and Future

by Liz Connor From the roof of the hospital, I watch the frenetic rush that marks the end of the day here. Women painted in brilliant color carrying sacks of vegetables and meat open the gates to their simple homes, ready to nourish their children. Men get up from café tables, lock shop doors, and honk their horns in impatience with traffic. The clouds become backlit by an orange sun as the...
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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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A French Doctor’s Perspective

The following is written by a volunteer at the Hospital, Dr. Brigitte Herant Dunais. A link sent by my son – I have no idea how he came across the Edna hospital website – prompted me to apply as a volunteer for the month of October 2011, an experience I do not regret. This was an opportunity to discover Somaliland, its people, its history and its plight as it strives to obtain recognition...
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Into Africa: A Somaliland Experience

Elayne Clift is a writer from Vermont who recently volunteered two weeks of service at the Edna Hospital. A writer! You know what that means? It means there’s now a perceptive and beautifully-written journal entry which can help you better to understand the life of the Hospital and the culture of Somaliland. She is not real happy about the treatment of women in Somaliland…. I am...
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100 New Graduates!

Edna Adan, the teaching staff, the volunteers – and, basically, everybody in the whole of Somaliland – is very proud to announce the graduation of 100 newly-trained pharmacists and laboratory technicians. We’ve added a new photo gallery to commemorate the event. New Photo Gallery of Graduation Recommend on FacebookTweet about it...
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Letter from Appreciative Volunteer

Edna is deeply grateful for the recent visit by a group of American surgeons. They made use of the Edna Hospital’s surgical facilities for one week to operate on 8-10 patients every day from 7am to around 10pm. Many were helped. As an added bonus, after they had departed, Edna found upon her desk the following hand-written note of appreciation from the daughter of one of the surgeons. (We...
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Visiting Medical Student’s Reflection

“Tell them the truth,” she instructed me. Those were the only guidelines Edna gave me when she encouraged me to write a post for her blog. The task sounded simple, but for many weeks after my return from Somaliland, I could not articulate all that I had experienced. Only now am I beginning to understand the reason behind my difficulty. The truth is that The Truth is much more...
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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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