Edna Adan

I want to post about an amazing woman who has dedicated her life to the health and well-being of women and children in her home country of Somaliland.  Upon returning to her country from a successful international career, she started out on a journey to build a hospital for women and children to help reduce maternal and infant death.  She has also established a training program for midwives with the goal of having graduates return to their communities throughout Somaliland to practice.  Here is an excerpt from the hospital website:

“The health of the people of Somaliland is among the worst in Africa, with one of the highest Maternal and Infant Mortality rates in the world. Every year, one baby in eight dies in infancy while nearly 4000 Somali women die in childbirth. This tragedy can be attributed in large part to the long civil war which brought about the death or departure of nearly all of the country’s trained health care professionals.” 

Link to hospital website: http://www.ednahospital.org/

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