Dr. Edna Adan Ismail of Somaliland receives the Chancellor’s Medal for her outstanding contribution to humanity
“I accept this award on behalf of the women of Somaliland and Africa who have the highest maternal mortality rate in the world and who die because they are poor. Our women die because they lack care from well trained health care providers in health facilities that are properly equipped. Our women also die because they lack the education that would have raised their status and given them access to skills and employment.”
For the full story and more excerpts from her speech, click here.
Click here for a video by Nick Kristof that tells the story of Edna Adan and her hospital—including the story of how she sold her Mercedes and used her pension to start the Maternity Hospital in Somaliland.
For informational on the Edna Adan Teaching Hospital in Somaliland, click here.
For volunteer opportunities with the hospital, click here.