Almost 5 Pakistani women have been featured in the global list of 100 outstanding women nurse and midwife leaders. These women have been recognized by the Women in Global Health (WGH) foundation which is in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Population Fund, Nursing Now, International Council of Nurses, and International Confederation of Midwives on the list.
The Pakistani women featured in the 100 outstanding nurse and midwife leaders, all belong to Aga Khan University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery (SONAM), they are either alumni or faculty there.
The list featured 100 outstanding nurses and midwives from 43 countries including 5 Pakistani women for their contribution to raising healthcare standards across the globe, “especially during these difficult times” of the coronavirus pandemic, a statement issued by the Aga Khan University (AKU) said.
These rankings mark the end of WHO’s year-long Year of the Nurse and Midwife campaign 2020. The SONAM Dean, Dr. Rozina Karmaliani, has been featured under the Board and Management category in recognition of her efforts to spearhead improvements in adolescent health, strengthen research along with several other Pakistani women in the 100 outstanding nurse and midwife leaders list.
Moreover, faculty members Yasmin Parpio and Samina Vertejee have been featured in the 100 outstanding nurse and midwife leaders list under the Community Hero category for their services in community health nursing, while Saima Sachwani has been recognised for her contributions in developing an impactful nursing curriculum under the Human Capital Development category. Nurse-midwife Marina Baig has also been lauded for leveraging mobile health technology to improve maternal health outcomes under the Innovation, Science and Health category.
“It is an honor to be acknowledged by the international public health and nursing fraternity,” said Dr. Karmaliani, according to the statement. “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.”
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