Eight Pakistani nurses and midwives have been included in the Global 2020 list of 100 Outstanding Women Nurses and Midwives. All eight of the nurses and midwives are affiliated with the Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery (Sonam) as teachers or are graduates of the institution.
According to a statement issued by the university, awards were given to 100 nurses and midwives from 43 countries around the world. They have been honored for their valuable services in improving public health standards, and in recognition of their continued service, especially in difficult situations such as the global epidemic.
These nurses and midwives with leadership abilities have been honored by Women in Global Health (WGH) in partnership with the World Health Organization, the United Nations Population Fund, Nursing Now, the International Council of Nurses and the International Confederation of Midwives.
The Dean of the School of Nursing, Dr. Rozina Karmaliani, has been honored under the ‘Board and Management’ category. She has been honored for highlighting research potential in the field of adult health, nursing and integrating this research into education and practice.
Teachers Yasmeen Parpio and Samina Vertji have been honored in recognition of the health and nursing services of the local population under the ‘Community Hero’ category.
Saima Sachwani was honored in recognition of her services in developing and formulating an effective curriculum under the category of Human Capital Development. Nurse and midwife Marina Baig has been honored in recognition of her efforts to use mobile health technology to improve maternal health under the ‘Innovative, Science and Health’ category.
Three Sonam graduates were also honored under the Community Hero category. Shela Hirani was honored for highlighting the importance of breast milk during the COD-19 global pandemic and its promotion, protection and support activities; Neelam Panjani was honored for her contributions to improving sexual and reproductive health and rights, and Sadaf Saleem was honored for her services to nursing the elderly.
“It is a matter of pride for us that our services have been recognized by the International Institute of Public Health and Nursing,” said Dean Dr Rozina Kramliani.