History of Edna Adan University

The Edna Adan Hospital has long been devoted to the education and development of health care professionals in Somaliland. When Edna Adan Ismail returned to her native Somaliland after a career with the World Health Organization, she found a grave health situation endangering the lives of many women and children. As the result of Somaliland’s thirty-year struggle for independence from Somalia, much of the Hargeisa infrastructure was in ruins and the majority of trained professionals who had previously staffed the health and educational services were gone.

As Edna started to build her hospital, she also opened the Edna Adan Nursing and Midwifery School, the first institution to re-start training health workers in 2000. Since that time, many midwives, nurses, and anaesthetists have been trained.

Based on the success of these programs and to meet the demand for skilled medical workers in the Horn of Africa region, it was determined that a university with a full degree program should be developed. The Edna Adan University (EAU) was established in 2010 and admitted its first class of 27 juniors, mostly recruited from the post-basic midwifery curriculum. In affiliation with the University of Hargeisa, funded by theDepartment for International Development (DFID) and implemented by the Tropical Health Education Trust(THET), the degree program opened with just one full time faculty member.

The university has continued to expand its degree programs and establish new faculties. The current faculties include: Nursing, Midwifery, Medicine & Surgery, Medical Laboratory, Pharmacology, Anesthesia, Dental Technology, Public Health and Veterinary Medicine.

Edna Adan Ismail remains involved in the university as its Chancellor. In 2014, Professor Mohamed Hussein Osman became president and has been working to expand the university, including the construction of a new three-story university building, the establishment of a new e-Library and a printing press for printing text books and other materials. The new university building will open in 2017 and Bachelor degrees and diplomas in additional disciplines will be opened for study.

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