Somaliland

All major risk factors for obstetric fistula, including inadequate prenatal care, malnutrition and early marriage, are present in Somaliland.

Why We Work in Somaliland

Situated in the Horn of Africa between Somalia and Ethiopia, Somaliland has made tremendous strides since the civil conflict that afflicted the region from the late 1970s through the early 1990s. Somaliland is internationally recognized as an autonomous region of Somalia; its self-proclaimed independence, however, remains unrecognized by any country or international organization. 

Because of this, our picture of maternal health in Somaliland comes from neighboring Somalia (which includes Somaliland in its data gathering) and reports from our partners in the field. The limited data available suggests a high rate of maternal mortality— which in turn indicates a high occurrence of childbirth injuries like obstetric fistula. 

With all major risk factors for fistula—including  inadequate prenatal care, malnutrition and early marriage—present in the country, improving access to both quality obstetric services and fistula treatment in Somaliland remains critical.

What You Help Us Do

We are investing in the following areas to build Somaliland’s in-country medical services and provide life-transforming surgery to as many women as possible:

Meet Our Partners

We identify local surgical teams in Somaliland already successfully treating women with fistula—and then work to amplify their efforts. 

What projects are we currently funding?

Who are our current partners?

Edna Adan Maternity Hospital

  • Location: Hargeisa
  • Partner Since: 2009

National Borama Fistula Hospital

  • Location: Borama
  • Partner Since: 2010
Who are our past partners?

Direct Relief

  • Location: Hargeisa
  • Partner In: 2009 – 2010
How much funding have we granted?

Below are funding totals since the start of each partnership.

Current Partners

  • Edna Adan Maternity Hospital: $724,160
  • National Borama Fistula Hospital: $1,663,731

Past Partners:

  • Direct Relief: $157,500

News from the Field

Dr. Thomas Raassen Visits Somaliland  •  November 15, 2018
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For more than three decades, fistula surgeon Dr. Thomas Raassen has been traveling the globe, changing the lives of suffering women. He has very likely performed fistula surgeries in more...
For more than three decades, fistula surgeon Dr. Thomas Raassen has been traveling the globe, changing the lives of suffering women. He has very likely performed fistula surgeries in more countries than any other surgeon in the world. Originally from Amsterdam, Dr. Raassen lived in Kenya for many years, and has operated in more than 60 hospitals across Africa and Asia. He has performed thousands of fistula surgeries, and is considered one of the foremost experts in the field.
Celebrating International Women's Day: Three Women You Need to Know  •  March 08, 2016
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Today as the world celebrates International Women’s Day, I wanted to take a moment to introduce you to three incredible women that Fistula Foundation is fortunate to work with, who...
Today as the world celebrates International Women’s Day, I wanted to take a moment to introduce you to three incredible women that Fistula Foundation is fortunate to work with, who have dedicated their lives to helping women who suffer from the devastating childbirth injury obstetric fistula. Habiba Corodhia Mohamed is the founder of WADADIA, a community based organization in western Kenya that provides psycho-social support, economic empowerment and reproductive health to women in need.
The Muslim Mother Teresa  •  October 01, 2012
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I hope I live to see the day where a humanitarian hero is referred to as the Christian Edna Adan. Who's Edna Adan? The short answer: she's a nurse-midwife, founder...
I hope I live to see the day where a humanitarian hero is referred to as the Christian Edna Adan. Who's Edna Adan? The short answer: she's a nurse-midwife, founder of a hospital bearing her name, who's saving and changing the lives of tens of thousands of people in Somaliland -- a place not even recognized as a country. She's also a Muslim. Edna is as tough as General Petraeus, as compassionate as the Pope, as tireless as Michael Phelps, as beautiful at 75 as Tina Turner, and has a 'get-it-done-no-excuses" work ethic to rival Bill Gates.

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