Country: Somaliland

Area of Work: Health


Years in Partnership:

Edna Adan Hospital, Somaliland

Train midwives to save lives and promote healthier outcomes for mothers and infants.

Support Edna Adan—featured in the book and PBS series Half the Sky—in her dream of training 1,000 midwives in her native Somaliland. She sends her trained  midwives to work in villages across Somaliland, a country that has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. Midwives are trained to provide prenatal care, to treat preeclampsia, difficult births, and to encourage mothers to immunize their children. She is more than halfway toward her goal. Your support will help save the lives of countless women and infants.

When Edna returned to her native Somaliland after a high-powered career with the World Health Organization, she found her homeland in disarray, its health care system destroyed by the civil war with Somalia. She built the Edna Adan Maternity Hospital, where she and her dedicated staff have saved lives and improved health outcomes for countless women and babies.