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  • Eight Pakistani ladies honoured
  • Five are employees of the AKU School of Nursing and Midwifery

Eight Pakistani ladies have been regarded in the worldwide 100 Outstanding Women Nurse and Midwife Leader list for the year 2020. 

“During the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, amidst a global pandemic, the courageous work of nurses and midwives deserves, more than ever, to be honoured—not just by applause,” read an explanation gave by Women in Global Health (WGH) as a team with the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Population Fund, Nursing Now, International Council of Nurses and International Confederation of Midwives on the list.

“Let us use the stories of their everyday heroism and service to call for all countries to invest in decent work and a new social contract for nurses and midwives as part of their commitment to health for all.”

Out of the eight ladies, five are employees at the Agha Khan University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery while three are the varsity’s alumni. 

Dr Rozina Karmaliani has been respected under the classification board and the executives. “After training as a nurse and midwife, Dr Karmaliani has spent decades working to inspire and empower others. Her efforts are currently focused on improving adolescent health, the development and strengthening of research capacities, and the integration of research into education and practice,” read the statement. 

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“It is an honour to be acknowledged by the international public health and nursing fraternity,” said Dean Karmaliani. “This year has been particularly challenging for healthcare providers, all of whom have showed incredible commitment in their respective roles in responding to the COVID-19 crisis.”

“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.”

Samina Vertejee, who is an Assistant Professor at Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery (AKUSONAM), has been respected under the classification Community Hero: Nurse alongside Yasmin Nadeem Parpio. 

Parpio is at present endeavor a PhD regarding the matter of how constructing social aptitudes among youths can lessen pressure and improve flexibility and nature of life.

Under Human Capital Development: Nurse, Saima Sachwani has been respected as a decided general wellbeing backer and teacher zeroing in on making mindfulness about the part of medical caretakers in accomplishing widespread wellbeing coverage. 

“She was the first in Pakistan to introduce simulation into the community health nursing curriculum, with lasting positive impact on teaching,” read the statement. 

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Marina Baig has been respected under the classification of Innovation, Science and Health: Midwife and attendant. She is a senior teacher at AKUSONAM. “Her work on the use of mobile health (mHealth) technology to improve antenatal care coverage and skilled delivery in rural settings is exemplary and could serve as an innovative strategy in improving maternal health outcomes,” read the statement. 

According to a press explanation gave by the AKUH, the three graduated class perceived under the Community Hero classification incorporate Dr Shela Hirani for her endeavors to advance, ensure and uphold breastfeeding during the COVID-19 pandemic, Neelam Punjani for her work in improving admittance to sexual and regenerative wellbeing rights and Sadaf Saleem for her commitments to geriatric nursing.

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