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A Woman of Firsts

The Midwife Who Built a Hospital and Changed the World
Lu par : Edna Adan Ismail
Durée : 13 h et 27 min

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The astonishing story of a daughter, campaigner, First Lady and nurse.

Simply a Midwife is the inspirational story of a remarkable daughter, nurse and First Lady. The indomitable Edna Adan Ismail survived imprisonment, persecution and civil war to become a pioneering politician, a leading light in the World Health Organisation and a global campaigner for women’s rights.

The eldest child of an overworked doctor in the British Protectorate of Somaliland, Edna was the first midwife in Somaliland, campaigned tirelessly for better health care for women and fought for women on a global stage as the first female Foreign Minister of her country. 

But mixing with presidents and princes, she still never forgot her roots and continued to deliver children and train midwives - a role she has to this day.

At 81 years old, she still runs what is hailed as the Horn of Africa’s finest university hospital, where she trains future generations and still delivers babies.

After all - as she puts it - she is ‘simply a midwife’.

©2019 Edna Adan Ismail, Wendy Holden (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited


"The Muslim Mother Teresa." (The Huffington Post

"As tough as General Petraeus, as compassionate as the Pope, as tireless as Michael Phelps, as beautiful as Tina Turner, and with a work ethic to rival Bill Gates." (Kirsty Young, Desert Island Discs)

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