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Edna Adan Ismail, Health Activist - Somaliland  At 76, Edna Adan is at the forefront of the fight for women’s maternal health in Somaliland, which has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the world. A former World Health Organisation civil servant, she returned home in 1997 after retirement, to build the Edna Adan University Teaching Hospital of Somaliland in Hargeisa, the country’s capital, in an area where no hospital had ever been built before.

Edna Adan Ismail, Health Activist - Somaliland At 76, Edna Adan is at the forefront of the fight for women’s maternal health in Somaliland, which has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the world. A former World Health Organisation civil servant, she returned home in 1997 after retirement, to build the Edna Adan University Teaching Hospital of Somaliland in Hargeisa, the country’s capital, in an area where no hospital had ever been built before.

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