Bengaluru; November 15: Aster CMI Hospital’s nursing department was given an insightful training session by Anna Qabale Duba, the world’s best nurse, and a global symbol. For supporting education and waging a campaign against antiquated cultural practises like Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in her Kenyan community, Anna, a nurse stationed at the Kenya Marsabit County Referral Hospital, was the inaugural recipient of the Aster Guardians Global Nursing Award.
Duba, who won US$250,000 (about Ksh.29 million) in prize money, is now making use of the opportunity to construct a school in the isolated Kenyan village of Turbi. She intends to close the literacy gap in North Kenya’s nomadic rural community. She has made a big contribution to lowering the frequency of female genital mutilation and early marriage through her selfless work with the Qabale Duba Foundation. For her social charity, she was named one of the top 100 most influential young Africans in 2020. She has successfully completed five programmes and twenty projects for the Qabale Duba Foundation mentored more than three thousand people and received more than ten awards.
“It is an honour to be able to share one’s path with the world, and I sincerely wish to motivate more individuals to become nurses and give back to their communities. As nurses, we have the chance to heal our patients’ hearts, minds, and bodies.”, said Anna.
The Aster Guardians Global Nursing Award 2023 has started accepting registrations from nurses across the world to apply for the award by submitting nominations of their work in their preferred language - English, Mandarin, Hindi, Spanish, French, Arabic or Tagalog via www.asterguardians.com. The deadline for the submission is November 30, 2022. Nurses can apply in one Primary and up to two Secondary areas of contribution, namely – Patient Care, Nursing Leadership, Nursing Education, Social or Community service and Research or Innovation. The secondary areas of contribution can be optional.