Founder: Edna Adan

Country: Somaliland

Area of Work: Maternal Health

Impact: Trained 167 midwives and 2 physicians, Bought 2 solar suitcases, Bought 2 hospital beds

Years in Partnership: 12

Edna Adan Hospital Foundation, Somaliland


Edna Adan

Founder of the Edna Adan Hospital Foundation

"Our connection with ConnectHer has been long and has helped us on many occasions with the training of midwives in Somaliland as well as providing us with assistance to cover the cost of treatment and deliveries for poor women."

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.