Post Written By: Thomas Kraemer
Over the past week, The Edna Adan Hospital has held surgery camps to improve the lives of mothers and children in Somaliland. A blog series on the hospital’s website highlights the work being done to provide much needed medical care for young babies who suffer from birth defects and life altering medical conditions. We’re excited about the work surgeons are doing at Edna Hospital, not only because of all the children that receive medical care who would normally be out of their reach, but also because visiting surgeons provide excellent training opportunities for our Dr. Said, Dr. Shukri and Dr. Naima—young doctors who represent the future of healthcare in Somaliland.
We would like to continue these surgery camps in the future, but unfortunately they put a huge financial strain on the Hospital. While many of Dr. Rhodes’s surgeries are supported by SmileTrain, Dr. Bransford’s surgeries are totally unfunded. If the camps are discontinued, a population of approximately 15 million people in the Horn of Africa will be left with nowhere to go for treatment for many types of birth defects. Dr. Bransford leaves us on May 15, and this fundraiser ends on May 16—just three days from now. If you haven’t already, please consider making a donation to ensure that these life-changing camps continue. Tuesday was another busy day, with Dr. Bransford and Dr. Shukri using one operating theater, and Dr. Rhodes and Dr. Naima occupying the other. Dr. Rhodes and Dr. Naima repaired two cleft palates (a delicate and time-consuming procedure) and three cleft lips. Dr. Bransford and Dr. Shukri worked on two babies with hydrocephalus, one young girl with a club foot, and two burn victims.
We are proud to announce that Edna Hospital will sponsor the first conference in Somaliland on surgery for children with congenital and acquired defects. The conference is scheduled for September 21, 2015, and will showcase the work that we’ve been doing here since 2011. The symposium will also feature speakers who are working with pediatric patients in Kenya, Ethiopia and elsewhere. Additional details will be posted on our website as they become available.