London-trained Somali nurse helps deliver 22,000 babies

CYCLING from one baby delivery to the next, life in 1950s Britain was straight out of Call The Midwife for Edna Adan.


Yet she traded it all in for civil war, hyena attacks and water in buckets as she followed her dream to open the first maternity hospital in her native Somalia.
In 2002, nearly 50 years since she began training at Borough Polytechnic, now London South Bank University, she achieved her ambition by opening Edna Adan maternity hospital in what is now Somaliland.
In its 15 years nearly 22,000 babies have been delivered.
“The first one was born eight hours after we opened,” she said.