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Total funding goal: $30,000

Total funding to date: $19,821

Remaining goal: $10,179

Total Donors: 71

Edna Adan University Hospital

Founded as a maternity hospital, the Edna University Hospital is helping to reduce the extremely high rate of maternal and infant mortality in this region.

Project start date: 03/10/2002

Project completion date: 03/10/2017

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Milestone Objective

Date: 03/05/2018

Congratulations to New Midwives!

Four years ago, Edna Adan, founder of the Edna Adan Maternity Hospital in Somaliland, announced an ambitious dream to Connecther supporters. She wanted to train 1,000 midwives to work in remote regions of the country, providing quality healthcare in a country with one of the world's highest maternity mortality rates. You believed in her dream! Thanks to you, we have donated $View More


Milestone Objective

Date: 08/14/2017

Edna Adan on PBS News Hour

Thank you to our supporters for funding this project to Train 1000 Midwives! Your support is helping to reduce the maternal and infant mortality rate in Somaliland!

Somaliland, a region of Somalia that lay in ruin from years of war, suffers some of the world's highest rates of infant and maternal mortality. But 15 years ago, Edna Adan fulfilled a lifelong dream by buiView More

General Status Update

Date: 03/20/2014


On October the 19th, 2013, Connecther hosted it's first annual Banquet in Austin, Tx at the Four Seasons hotel.  The keynote speaker was Edna Adan. At the Banquet, Toyota presented the "Women impact the world" Award to Edna Adan along with $2,500. We are very appreciative to Toyota for it's generous award. We are also very grateful to our Connecther donView More


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Train 1000 Midwives

Hargeisa, Somaliland

Following a bitter civil war with Somalia, the newly-independent Republic of Somaliland was left with, basically, no health care professionals. One goal of the Edna Hospital is to train 1000 midwives and return them to their communities where they can help to reduce the extremely high rate of maternal and infant mortality.

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Stahl Family Foundation

Amount: $1,500

Status: Matched

Processed: 2013-05-07

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Somaliland's health care system was utterly destroyed by the civil war with Somalia leaving the country with, among other problems, the highest rate of maternal and infant mortality in the world. It is a goal of the Hospital to train and dispatch 1000 midwives throughout the country.

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Edna Adan founded and built this hospital with a number of goals in mind, such as to improve the overall health care system of her homeland and to contribute toward ending the deeply traditional practice of Female Genital Mutilation. But, perhaps her most readily achievable goal is to train more midwives. Women in Somaliland have a shocking 1 in 10 chance of dying in childbirth. Edna aims to train 1000 young midwives, sending them back home where they will save lives for many years to come.


Edna Adan was the First Lady of Somalia until her democratically-elected husband was overthrown in a coup in the late 60's. She went on to have a career in the World Health Organization. Upon retirement, she invested all of her savings toward building a hospital in her newly-independent homeland, Somaliland, which had been ravaged by civil war with Somalia. The hospital has earned high praise from, among others, NY Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, who profiles Edna and her work in his book Half The Sky.

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