Somaliland: Edna Mother’s Day 2013 Newsletter

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Dear Readers

Somalilandsun – Although I have lost mine a few years ago, I appreciate even more the value of mothers and wish to extend my best wishes to all mothers on the occasion of Mother’s Day.

Being ‘a hospital for mothers,’ we know firsthand the challenges women face everywhere but particulExtremely premature infant Tiger is doing well now  Seen here with his mother on a follow-up visit to the hospitalarly in poor countries like ours, Somaliland.

Since two years ago Mother’s Day when we were so greatly honored by Nicholas Kristof – Beyond Flowers for Mom – who continues to refer to us as ‘The best,’ we have continued to serve with diligence and perseverance in spite of the challenges that we face due to the pressure on our limited resources.

I prefer however to focus on the progress that we have made since our hospital was opened twelve years ago. This last year has brought to us an increased number of women who come to deliver with us or who are referred to us because of complications. We have also seen an increasing number of premature babies to care for and am sure you have all been following the progresses of ‘Tiger’ and other pre-term babies who have all now gone home but who return for growth monitoring.

[Read about our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit] 

I take this opportunity to thank the volunteer surgeons, volunteer doctors, volunteer nurses and midwives who have cared for these babies and thSurgeon Dick Bransford and his team come to us 4 times a yeareir mothers and who have worked with us during this past year. I am sure many of you have been following the messages these volunteers have been posting in their websites and in the in the hospital blog.

With the support of the surgeons from the USA and Britain, we continue to perform more surgical operations on patients who come to us from all corners of the Horn of Africa and whose recovery we consider as a blessing rather than an added burden.

What we do is only a reflection of your support for us and the generosity of your encouragements both in words and in deeds.

If you would like to help support Edna Hospital, we ask that you make your donation through The Raise For Women Challenge sponsored by the Huffington Post. This fundraiser runs until June 6. If we come out on top then we’ll be awarded an additional $25,000.

You can make the donation in honor of your Mom.

Please help us help more mothers on the occasion of this Mothers Day.

Edna Adan Ismail.

These posters are displayed throughout the country showing examples of medical conditions which we can treat and the time periods when surgeons will be here

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