Eight Pakistani nurses and midwives have been honored in the global 100 Outstanding Women Nurse and Midwife Leaders 2020 list.
The healthcare workers have been acknowledged by Women in Global Health (WGH), which collaborated with the World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations Population Fund, Nursing Now, International Council of Nurses, and International Confederation of Midwives on the list.
All of the eight nurses and midwives from Pakistan are faculty or alumni of the Aga Khan University (AKU) School of Nursing and Midwifery (SONAM).
Pakistani women recognized for raising standards of global healthcare
According to Dawn News, the list includes 8 Pakistani women among the 100 nurses and midwives from 43 countries. They got recognition for their efforts to raise standards of healthcare across the globe, specifically during the COVID-19.
The list marks the end of the WHO’s campaign for the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife 2020 campaign. The campaign recognizes the important role of nurses and midwives to provide healthcare services under the global sustainable development goals.
SONAM Dean Dr. Rozina Karmaliani was honored under the ‘Board and Management’ category. Dr. Karmaliani was responsible for leading improvements in adolescent health, strengthen research capacities, and integrate research into education and practice.
A faculty member of SONAM Samina Vertejee is also in the list under the ‘Community Hero’ category.
Yasmin Parpio got recognition for her services in community health nursing.
Meanwhile, Saima Sachwani, a senior instructor at SONAM, has also been named on the list. She got the appreciation for her contributions in developing an impactful nursing curriculum under the ‘Human Capital Development’ category.
Nurse-midwife Marina Baig got an appreciation for leveraging mobile health technology. The motive of this technology is to improve maternal health outcomes under the ‘Innovation, Science, and Health’ category.
Moreover, three SONAM alumni also got recognition under the ‘Community Her’ category.
Dr. Shela Hirani got an award for her efforts to promote breastfeeding during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Neelam Punjani got a reward for her work in improving access to sexual and reproductive health rights.
Sadaf Saleem received praise for her contributions to geriatric nursing.
Meanwhile, Pakistanis are happy that local healthcare professionals are getting recognition worldwide.
Pakistani healthcare professionals making the country proud
It is good to see Pakistani nurses are getting recognition at a global level. Healthcare practitioners are serving day and night as the COVID-19 pandemic creates havoc.
Pakistani healthcare practitioners also deserve every bit of appreciation. They are not only risking their lives to treat all sorts of patients even during the pandemic but are also lifting their spirits.
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