In Somaliland, the 4th poorest country in the world with a population of 4 million, there are over 250,000 children in need of surgical care and most of these children go untreated. Compounding on all of these factors is the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic is estimated to double the number at risk of starvation (120 to 256 million), push an additional 42-66 million children into extreme poverty and increase wasting by 50%, with the poorest countries impacted the most.
Families around the globe are having to make choices between food and healthcare because of poverty, impacting a child’s health.
What if we could do something about that?
That's where you come in to help. Our goal is to meet the acute COVID-19 needs for Somaliland families and the ongoing need of children in need of surgery in the country. How do we meet that goal? We meet the need - together - equitably and sustainably with our in-country partners through the provision of PPE, testing kits, ventilators, and surgical procedures for children.
About Dr. Emily Smith
Emily Smith, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Public Health at the Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences at Baylor University. Her research interests include pediatric global surgery, health economics, and poverty in low-income countries. Currently, her research takes place in Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana, Somaliland, and Latin America. Dr. Smith received her Ph.D. in epidemiology from the Gillings School of Public Health at UNC-CH and an MSPH from the University of South Carolina.
About Dr. Edna Adan and the Edna Adan University Hospital, Somaliland
Edna Adan was born in Hargeisa, the daughter of a prominent Somali medical doctor, and was trained as a nurse in the 1950s in the United Kingdom at the Borough Polytechnic, now London South Bank University. In 1980 Edna Adan started building a hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia. However, due to the beginning of the Somali Civil war, she was forced to leave the country before it was completed. She was the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Nursing Advisor during 1986. From 1987 to 1991, she was the Regional Technical Officer for Mother and Child Health. She founded and directs the Edna Adan University Hospital with a goal of training 1,000 midwives in her country.
A personal note from Dr. Smith
Thanks for stopping by! I’m a wife, mom, and global health epidemiologist here at Baylor. If you sit by me on an airplane, I will likely show you all 639 pictures of my family I took in the last month - and brag on the incredible students I get to teach. I love coffee, books, nature, hammocking, and joy. I also love the work I get to do and appreciate your partnership.