This is Part 3 in our blog series highlighting student perspectives from the Canadian Conference on Global Health.
The 21st Canadian Conference on Global Health was held in Ottawa from November 2 -4, 2014. We had a strong team of passionate students, leaders, and researchers from Dalhousie University in attendance, with representation from Nursing, Community Health & Epidemiology, Physiotherapy, and Medicine. This inter-professional group, with members at various stages in their global health careers, was reflective of the efforts of the Dalhousie Global Health Office which has served as a unifying force, across health disciplines, for those interested in global health. The theme of the conference was “Partnerships for Global Health” and our group from Dalhousie, by virtue of its composition, demonstrated a commitment to interdisciplinary opportunities and partnerships for learning.
One of the highlights of the conference was hearing Dr. Edna Adan Ismail speak about her efforts and experiences improving maternal, newborn, and child health in Somaliland. Dr. Ismail is a nurse midwife from Somaliland, Founder and CEO of Edna Adan University Hospital, Chancellor of the Edna Adan University, and was the first woman appointed to be the Director of the Ministry of Health in Somaliland. Currently, her efforts are focused on the education of nurse-midwives at her university and the smooth operation of her hospital. Dr. Ismail is an individual who provides inspiration and motivation for those interested in global health. She is a role model for women who aim to make significant contributions in global health and I am grateful for the opportunity to hear her speak. If you are interested in learning more about the work of Dr. Edna Adan Ismail, you can watch her TED Talk at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxJ8LELZCjo