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Episode 3: Edna Adan: ‘The Nurse’

Edna Adan is the founder of The Edna Adan Hospital and Edna Adan University. Previously she was Minister of Foreign Affairs for her country and a First Lady, being married to the President of Somalia. We speak about her amazing path and her latest book ‘A Woman of Firsts’.

“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. I would not want to be on Edna’s bad side.”