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A Woman of Firsts: The midwife who built a hospital and changed the world
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A Woman of Firsts: The midwife who built a hospital and changed the world (Hardback)

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`The Muslim Mother Teresa' Huffington Post



Imprisonment. Mutilation. Persecution.









Edna Adan Ismail endured it all - for the women of Africa.







Edna saw first-hand how poor healthcare, lack of education and ancient superstitions had devastating effects on Somaliland's people, especially its women. When she suffered the trauma of FGM herself as a young girl at the bidding of her mother, Edna's determination was set.





The first midwife to practise in Somaliland, Edna became a formidable teacher and campaigner for women's health. As her country was swept up in its bloody fight for independence, Edna rose to become its First Lady and first female cabinet minister.





She built her own hospital, brick by brick, training future generations in what has been hailed as one of the Horn of Africa's finest university hospitals





This is Edna's truly remarkable story.

BiographyMemoirsHealth & WellbeingAdvice on the stages of lifeParentingPregnancy, birth & baby careMedical & VeterinaryNursing & ancillary servicesMidwifery Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Publication Date: 08/08/2019 ISBN-13: 9780008305345  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Edna Adan Ismail was Foreign Minister of Somaliland from 2003 to 2006, and had previously served as Somaliland's Minister of Family Welfare and Social Development. She is the director and founder of the Edna Adan Maternity Hospital in Hargeisa and an activist and pioneer in the struggle for the abolition of female genital mutilation. She is also President of the Organization for Victims of Torture. She was married to Mohamed Haji Ibrahim Egal who was Head of Government in British Somaliland five days prior to Somalia's independence and later the Prime Minister of Somalia (1967-69) and President of Somaliland.

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