Five Pakistani nurses and midwives and three alumni from Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery, SONAM, have been acknowledged in the global 100 Outstanding Women Nurse and Midwife Leaders 2020 list this year. The list acknowledges 100 nurses from 43 countries altogether for their hard work and contribution during this challenging year.
A statement by Aga Khan University was issued that said, “These outstanding leaders have been acknowledged by Women in Global Health (WGH), which collaborated with the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Population Fund, Nursing Now, International Council of Nurses and International Confederation of Midwives on the list.”
- – Dr. Rozina Karmaliani, the school’s dean, has been acknowledged under the Board and management category for her hard work and efforts to initiate improvements in juvenile health, stimulate research capacities, and combine them into education and practice.
- Faculty member Yasmin Parpio and Samina Vertejee have been recognized under the Community Hero category for their community health nursing services.
- Saima Sachwani is recognized for her contributions in advancing an impactful nursing curriculum under the Human Capital Development category.
- Nurse-midwife Marina Baig has also been admired for leveraging portable health technology to promote maternal health consequences under the Innovation, Science & Health category.
- SONAM alumni Dr. Shela Hirani, Neelam Punjabi, and Sadaf Saleem have also been recognized under the community Hero category. Dr.Hirani, for her efforts to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding during the pandemic, Shela for promoting admittance to sexual and reproductive health rights, Sadaf for her contributions to geriatric nursing.
Dean Dr. Karmaliani said, “It is an honor to be acknowledged by the international public health and nursing fraternity. This year has been particularly challenging for healthcare providers, all of whom have shown incredible commitment in their respective roles in responding to the Covid-19 crisis.”
She further added, “It is encouraging to see that our government and healthcare stakeholders in Pakistan are coming together and deliberating on investing in nursing and midwifery education, practice, and research. There is no better time than now to acknowledge the critical role of nurses in creating resilient healthcare systems.”
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