Episode
January 20, 2014

Somaliland’s maternal health pioneer

Edna Adan Ismail discusses what drives her to live a life dedicated to caring for the sick.
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Edna Adan Ismail with newly-trained midwives at their graduation in November 2010.  (EDNAHOSPITAL.ORG)

She donated everything she owned, including a UN pension and personal assets, to build a maternity hospital in a place where 4,000 women die in childbirth each year. She turned a garbage dump site in Somaliland into a non-profit hospital that has delivered more than 14,000 babies and trained hundreds of nurses and midwives over the past decade. Edna Adan Ismail, a former First Lady of Somalia, lives a life dedicated to caring for the sick. She joins The Stream at 19:30 GMT to share her inspiring story.

In this episode of The Stream, we speak with:

Edna Adan Ismail @EdnaAdan
Founder, Edna Adan Maternity Hospital
ednahospital.org

Kate Grant @Fistula_Fdtn 
CEO, Fistula Foundation
fistulafoundation.org

Muna Mire @Muna_Mire
Organizer, Gashanti Unity
gashantiunity.ca

Meskerem Mehary @MessiShukor 
Analyst, Horn of Africa

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