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When Pakistani people, especially Pakistani women, get acknowledged globally, it makes us all happy regardless of which province they belonged to or what religion they followed. And this year has undoubtedly been a difficult one for everybody. Considering our fight was with a pandemic, our front line warriors were the healthcare staff. So it’s only right that they should be paid tribute. So Women in Global Health decided to acknowledge them.

WGH releases the list of 100 Outstanding Nurses & Midwives

Women in Global Health partnered with the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Population Fund, Nursing Now, International Council of Nurses, and International Confederation of Midwives to produce the list.

WGH assembled the list of ‘100 OUTSTANDING WOMEN NURSE AND MIDWIFE LEADERS’. They said, “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.”

Pakistani women in the global list

Nurses and midwives from 43 countries are included in that list. Out of those 100, 8 of the women are from Pakistan. They belong to Aga Khan University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery, Pakistan, SONAM. Five are faculty members; meanwhile, 3 are alumni members.

The five faculty members are:

Dr. Rozina Karmaliani – School’s Dean – for the category Board and Management.
Yasmin Parpio – A faculty member – the Community Hero category
Samina Vertejee – A faculty member – the Community Hero category
Saima Sachwani – A faculty member – Human Capital Development category

Marina Baig – A faculty member – Innovation, Science & Health category

Dr. Shela Hirani – alumni member – Community Hero category
Neelam Punjani – alumni member – Community Hero category
Sadaf Saleem – alumni member – Community Hero category

Dean’s comment

The Dean said:

“It is an honor to be acknowledged by the international public health and nursing fraternity. 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.”

“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.”

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