Edna Adan and Somaliland's first maternity hospital (2013)

Edited for Thomson Reuters Foundation


Among Somaliland's 4 million people, Edna Adan Ismail's name is well known and much respected as pioneer in health, education and women's rights.In Africa, fewer than 50 percent of births are attended by a skilled health worker- contributing to high maternal mortality rates. But over the years, Edna has trained 300 midwives, largely paying from her own pocket, and sent them to help women give birth safely in the most remote parts of the country.Since the Edna Adan University Hospital first opened its doors in 2002, patients have come from as far as Mogadishu, more than 800 km (500 miles) south, and neighbouring Ethiopia, to seek treatment in the best-equipped general hospital around.


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