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Edna Adan Ismail

Edna Adan Ismail with a class of nursing school graduates at Edna Adan Maternity Hospital.

Edna Adan Ismail (

  • Edna Adan Maternity Hospital
  • Video of Nicholas Kristof visiting the Edna Aden Hospital
  • Edna's House of Healing on YouTube, video profile of Edna and her hospital
  • Interview of Edna Adan June 2002 on BBC Radio

External links

  1. ^ "No Winner Seen in Somalia's Battle With Chaos".  
  2. ^ Topping, Alexandra (23 June 2014). "'"Somaliland's leading lady for women's rights: 'It is time for men to step up. Guardian. 
  3. ^ "125th Anniversary - Get Involved - My Cardiff". Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Half the Sky. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Half the Sky. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
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  7. ^ Half the Sky. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Direct Relief". Direct Relief. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "Working together to rebuild health care in post-conflict Somaliland". Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "The Muslim Mother Theresa". Kate Grant. The Huffington Post. October 1, 2012. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 


See also

She has been called “The Muslim Mother Teresa” by The Huffington Post.[10]

In 2012 Edna Adan was featured in the documentary Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, premiering on PBS October 1 and 2. The series introduces women and girls living under very difficult circumstances and bravely fighting to challenge them. The Half the Sky PBS TV series is produced by Show of Force along with Fugitive Films.

In recognition of her lifelong contribution to Humanitarian work, the name of Edna Adan Ismail was added to the Medical Mission Hall of Fame,[9] University of Toledo, Ohio, in March 2007. She has an Honorary Doctoral Degree from Clark University in Massachusetts and was made Honorary Fellow of Cardiff University School of Nursing in Wales on July 8, 2008.

Edna Adan Ismail was the only woman minister in the Somaliland government until July 2006, when she was replaced as Foreign Minister by former Minister of Information and National Guidance Abdillahi Mohamed Dualeh.

The mission of the Edna Adan Hospital is to help to improve the health of the local inhabitants, in particular the high rate of maternal and infant mortality. The facility is a non-profit making charity and a midwifery teaching hospital that is also undertaking the training of student nurses and Assistant Laboratory Technicians.

The region lacked trained nurses to staff the hospital[8] – as most had either fled the country or been killed during the civil war – and so Edna recruited more than 30 candidates and began training them in 2000 while the hospital was still under construction. The hospital now has two operating theatres, laboratory, library, computer center and a complete wing dedicated to training nurses and midwives.

She returned to Somaliland and built from scratch a maternity hospital, which she continues to run. The Edna Adan Maternity Hospital officially opened on March 9, 2002 in land donated to her by the regional government at a site formerly used as a garbage dump.

Edna Adan started building a hospital in female genital mutilation), and for training of midwives and Traditional Birth Attendants in the 22 countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region of WHO. Afterwards, she was the representative of WHO in Djibouti between 1991 and 1997.

Edna Adan at the White House.
Prime Minister of Somalia Muhammad Haji Ibrahim Egal and his wife Edna Adan visit the Johnson White House.

Edna Adan was born in Hargeisa, the daughter of a prominent Somali medical doctor[3] and was trained as a nurse in the United Kingdom at the Borough Polytechnic, now London South Bank University where she is said to be 'the first Somali girl' to study in Britain.[4] Other claims by Ismail also include that she is Somalia's first qualified nurse-midwife [5][6] and the first Somali woman to drive.[7] She later married Muhammad Haji Ibrahim Egal, a Somali politician who was elected Prime Minister of Somalia in 1967.



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  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

She was married to Mohamed Haji Ibrahim Egal who was Head of Government in British Somaliland five days prior to Somalia's independence and later the Prime Minister of Somalia (1967–1969) and President of Somaliland (1993–2002).


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