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From: Julia Tavares [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
Sent: Monday, March 18, 2002 9:43 AM
Subject: Fw: AMANITARE 2002 Annual Awards

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Sent: Monday, March 18, 2002 5:48 AM
Subject: AMANITARE 2002 Annual Awards

AMANITARE, the African Partnership for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of 
Women and Girls recently paid homage to two exceptional African organisations taking 
significant strides forward in their work to promote and protect the Sexual and 
Reproductive Health and Rights of young women and girls in Africa. 

At a recent AMANITARE skills development workshop held in Abuja, Nigeria, the 
AMANITARE 2002 Annual Award and the AMANITARE 2002 Resource Centre Grant were 
presented to the Edna Adan Ismail Maternity Hospital in Somaliland and Journalists 
Against Aids (JAAIDS) in Nigeria, respectively. 

The recipient of the AMANITARE 2002 Annual Award, Mrs.Edna Adan Ismail and the Edna 
Adan Maternity Hospital, have revealed the pioneering spirit that lies at the heart of 
translating African women’s health rights into effective reality. In 1998, Edna Adan 
Ismail, an internationally renowned health professional and former WHO representative, 
returned to her country of birth to work with the local community and open the first 
not-for-profit private maternity hospital in Somaliland. Working against the backdrop 
of a country emerging from prolonged civil war, where health service infrastructures 
are almost non-existent, Edna Adan Ismail personally contributed US$350,000 to the 
development of this much-needed maternity hospital in the capital city of Hergeisa. 
The Edna Adan Maternity Hospital provides antenatal care and supervised childbirth by 
trained midwives and doctors, acting also as an educational and training centre for a 
new generation of nurses and midwives. The hospital also hopes to undertake 
much-needed research on the reproductive health status of Somali women. 

As a long-term activist for women’s rights, Edna Adan Ismail has continued her 
campaign to end the practice of female genital mutilation, primarily through the 
counselling of families attending the hospital. In Somaliland, infibulation (the 
severest form of female genital mutilation) affects almost 100% of women. 

Mrs Edna Adan Ismail expressed her sincere appreciation for AMANITARE’s recognition. 
She said, “A hospital has a hundred and one needs and your donation will certainly 
be put to good use”. AMANITARE is very proud to be supporting this brave and 
important initiative. 

The AMANITARE 2002 Resource Centre Grant was awarded to JAAIDS (Journalists Against 
Aids). JAAIDS is a well-structured and focused media-based NGO in Nigeria. Launched in 
May 2001, JAAIDS works in the field of HIV/AIDS and development, focusing on improving 
the environment for informed discourse and HIV/AIDS communication messages. Its 
variety of projects reveals the calibre of commitment and professionalism that 
AMANITARE recognises and hopes to emulate throughout Africa. JAAIDS projects include 
Monthly Media Roundtables, training workshops and seminars, an advocacy campaign on 
access to treatment, the AIDS News Service monthly bulletin and the Nigeria-AIDS 

JAAIDS Project Director, Mr. Omololu Falobi, commented that the grant, comprising 
various books, publications and other reference materials, would increase their work 
on the promotion of women and girls’ Sexual and Reproductive Health andRights. Mr. 
Falobi added that: “We are committing to develop a section of our Media Resource 
Centre, in Lagos, to resources on RHR of women and girls”. AMANITARE is proud to 
play a role in acknowledging their work and adding value to their knowledge resources. 

Nikki Erasmus 
Communications and Development Officer 
Research, Action and Information Network for the Bodily Integrity of Women 
Queens Studios 
121 Salusbury Road 
London NW6 6RG 

Tel:       +44 20 7625 3400 
Fax:      +44 20 7625 2999 
Internet: www.rainbo.org 

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