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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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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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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2012: A Full Year with no Maternal Deaths

The following article is written by Penny Armstrong to commemorate an entire year at Edna Hospital without any Maternal Deaths: The year 2012 has come to an end at the Edna Hospital and, thankfully, this is the first year that the hospital reports no maternal deaths. The statistics have been compiled. In and of themselves they are impressive, but it is the stories behind the statistics that...
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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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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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Edna in Washington

Edna was invited to Capitol Hill to participate in the 4th Annual International Women’s Day Breakfast, sponsored by Women Thrive Worldwide, on March 1. Edna spoke about the issue of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Following some members of Congress, and others, Edna’s presentation about FGM begins soon past the 38-minute mark. See below for a complete video of this event. “When...
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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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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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Female Genital Mutilation

Famous blogger, Andrew Sullivan, nowadays blogging at The Daily Beast, has helped to put a spotlight onto the issue of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Yesterday, he wrote about an Egyptian woman who participated in the uprising in Cairo early this year and who had, herself, suffered FGM: In 2006, when she was 24, Ziada had a long debate with an uncle about her seven-year-old cousin Shaimaa,...
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