We Educate & Train Midwives
There are approximately 175,000 births in Somaliland every year. Somaliland has the worst maternal mortality rate in the world: 1,000 – 1,400 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births with an infant mortality rate of 73 deaths per 1,000 births. Approximately 90% of these maternal deaths are preventable. Currently, less than 10% of births are attended by skilled personnel.
Edna’s Hospital will increase the survival rate by training and equipping 1,000 midwives to provide pregnant Somaliland women with medical monitoring, treatment and education. Community midwives typically assist with 150-200 births per year, while some may deliver as many as 400 babies a year. With the Edna Adan Hospital’s historical survival rate 75% higher than the national average, our immediate mission is to spread this success to all corners of Somaliland.
We work to provide Somaliland women and children with skilled public health professionals, improvement of health care facilities, and the provision of needed equipment and supplies. Edna Adan Hospital Foundation is dedicated to funding and advocating for initiatives that improves the status of health care and the quality of life for women in children in Somaliland and the surrounding regions.
Fight Against Female Genital Mutilation/Female Genital Cutting FGM/FGC
FGM/FGC is internationally recognized as a human rights violation against girls and women. Approximately 140 million girls and women have undergone this harmful traditional practice that involves the partial or total removal of the female genitalia. Somaliland has an extremely high rate of FGM/FGC. This can cause birth complications and increases the danger for both the mother and the infant. We seek to end this practice by working with community and religious leaders to change the perception of this ingrained cultural norm. We are working on new strategies that are more culturally appropriate in target communities with messages that are in Somali language.