Somaliland: The Edna Adan Fraternity Commemorates Int Women’s Day with Stories of Gratitude

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From the Edna Adan Hospital foundation in Hargeisa hear about Ayan, Rukia and Hibak the young midwives your contributions helped train

Edna Adan gives a few tips to newly graduated midwives Ayan Rukia and Hibak at the Edna Aden hospital in Hargeisa Somaliland

Dear Readers

Somalilandsun-This International Women’s Day we celebrate three young women graduates of the Edna Adan University Hospital (EAUH), Ayan Mohamed Abdikareem, Rakia Osman Hirsi, and Hibak Mohamed Hashi. They maximized the unique opportunity provided by supporters of the Edna Adan Hospital Foundation to change their lives, follow their dreams, and become contributing members of the efforts to save the lives of mothers and infants in Somaliland.

Ayan Mohamed Abdikareem grew up in Tanzania with her grandfather and brothers. When her grandfather returned the family to Somaliland, he shared with Ayan that he thought her brothers would return to Tanzania after his death. He advised Ayan to become a midwife or nurse in order to be independent and to take care of herself. Everything happened as her grandfather predicted. Ayan found the EAUH which provided her midwifery training. She now works as part of the midwife training team at the university as a lecturer and clinical supervisor and is grateful to be able to provide for herself.

Rakia Osman Hirsi’s brother, a medical school student, encouraged her to become a midwife. But her family could not afford to send another child to university. Through the generosity of donors, Rakia was able to attend the midwifery training free of charge. The program also covers transportation for trainees which was essential for Rakia since the distance from her village to the university required her to take two buses each way. She is now a training assistant in the EAUH midwifery program in the rural region of Erigavo, a 10 hour drive from Hargesia.

Hibak Mohamed Hashi is the first woman in her family to attend university. She worked very hard through the training and now also works as an EAUH lecturer and clinical supervisor.
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