• Challenge: Millions of
    preventable health crises
    occur among people in
    developing countries
    Infectious disease and emotional trauma
    continue to ravage impoverished
    communities. Treating and preventing
    disease and trauma through community-
    based services allow local residents to
    fight the poverty that lay at the root of
    poor health.
    response: training indigenous caregivers
    to create sustainable health

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Edna Adan University Hospital

The Edna Adan University Hospital (formerly Edna Adan Maternity Hospital) opened in 2002, in Hargeisa, Somaliland as one of the country’s first hospitals to offer safe, clean, and modern obstetric care after the Civil War. Since opening in 2002, over 14,000 babies have been delivered at the hospital. Nurses, midwives, pharmacists, lab technicians, anesthesiologists, and public health professionals from across the country are trained there. Many live and work at the hospital, but others go back to their hometowns, villages, or regions to work as well. One of the most ambitious initiatives of the hospital is to train 1,000 community midwives. In exchange for free tuition, public health nurses agree to staff district health centers across the country, often in the rural areas where they were raised, providing basic medical care to the general population, as well prenatal care and screening, delivering healthy moms and babies, and referring high-risk cases to hospitals for advanced care. Edna Adan University Hospital has trained 21 midwives with a Bachelor of Science degree, over 100 with a Diploma in Midwifery, and 63 Community Midwives. Another 42 will graduate in December 2013.