Tuesday, June 25, 2024

The World Health Organization (WHO) has honoured Eight Pakistani Nurses and Midwives on the Global 100 Outstanding Women Nurses and Midwives 2020 list.

According to details, the healthcare staff have been recognized by Women in Global Health (WGH), which partnered with the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Population Fund, Nursing Now, the International Council of Nurses and the International Confederation of Midwives on the list.

According to a statement released by Aga Khan University (AKU), “All eight Pakistani nurses and midwives are faculty or alumni of the School of Nursing and Midwifery of Aga Khan University, SONAM.”

The list honoured 100 nurses and midwives from 43 countries for their commitment “Especially during these difficult times” of the COVID-19 epidemic to increase health care standards around the world, the statement added.

The rating marks the conclusion of the year-long Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020 campaign by the WHO, which recognizes the crucial role played by nurses and midwives in delivering health services and helping to achieve the goals of international sustainable development.

In recognition of her efforts to spearhead changes in adolescent health, develop research capabilities and incorporate research into education, SONAM Dean Dr. Rozina Karmaliani was honoured in the Board and Management group.

Faculty members Yasmin Parpio and Samina Vertejee were named for their services in community health nursing under the Community Hero category, while Saima Sachwani was honoured for her contributions to the development of an impactful nursing curriculum under the category of Human Capital Development.

In the Creativity, Science and Wellness group, nurse-midwife Marina Baig has also been praised for using mobile health technology to enhance maternal health outcomes.

In the Community Hero category, three SONAM alumni have also been honoured. These include Dr. Shela Hirani for her efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic to encourage breastfeeding, Neelam Punjani for her work to improve access to sexual and reproductive health rights, and Sadaf Saleem for her contributions to geriatric nursing.

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