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Published on May 7, 2012
From TEDxRC² comes this moving story of midwife Edna Adan. Edna Adan Ismail is a nurse, midwife, UN diplomat, French Legion of Honour recipient and former foreign minister of Somaliland -- an unrecognised, self-declared state that has been going it alone for the past 20 years. She was also a founding member of the Somali Red Crescent back in 1963. New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof recently described Edna as his 'personal hero' and wrote about her in his book, "Half the Sky." The tireless 74-year-old has poured everything she has, including her pension, into providing much-needed health care to a population with one of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world -- a situation that's been exacerbated by Somalia's long civil war, which led to the death or departure of nearly all of the country's health care workers. In her talk at TEDxRC², Edna shared her vision for saving many more lives across the Horn of Africa, proving that "if it can happen in Somaliland, it can happen anywhere. Learn more about Edna Adan Ismail's hospital: http://www.ednahospital.org/ Kirsten Gillibrand's Huffington Post op-ed from March about Edna: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-kir... Nick Kristof's Mother's Day column from 2011 featuring Edna: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/05/opi... "Half the Sky" PBS trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRfDzz...