Edna Adan was recently interviewed by Frontline Health Workers Coalition. For the full article, please see here: Learning from Health Workforce Strategies in Somaliland: Five Questions for Edna Adan
“Edna Adan is a name familiar to many of us who work to strengthen health workforces around the world. Edna’s a strong and dazzling force dedicated to ending preventable and maternal death in Somaliland and eradicating the practice of female genital mutilation. Edna has served as first lady of Somalia, foreign minister of Somaliland, the WHO’s Regional Technical Officer for Mother and Child Health, and the WHO’s representative in Djibouti. She’s also the founder of the Edna Adan Hospital in Somaliland where she’s working to train 1,000 new nurses and midwives to ensure safe delivery for more mothers. Taking time out of a busy schedule at the recent United Nations General Assembly in New York, Edna, a longstanding friend of the Frontline Health Workers Coalition, answered some of our questions.
- What are the key challenges facing nurses and midwives in Somaliland today?
- How have you been working to build up the health workforce in Somaliland and drive women’s economic empowerment?
- How do you prepare nurses and midwives for the challenges of working in a government hospital?
- What would be your advice to policy makers about how they can strive to achieve universal health coverage?
- How can we encourage investment in health systems and not just in disease prevention?