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.