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Kenyan Nurse Feted at Global Event, Takes Home Ksh29m

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A Kenyan nurse has been named the winner of a prestigious international award with a $250,000 (Ksh29 million) prize. She is Anna Qabale Duba, who works at the Marsabit County Referral Hospital

At an award ceremony held at Atlantis The Palm in Dubai, Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, congratulated the winner of the Aster Guardians Global Nursing Award.

On 26th April, the top 10 finalists for the Aster Guardians Global Nursing Award were revealed.

The winner was determined by a public vote, followed by the Grand Jury’s final judgment. A monetary prize was also given to the other nine finalists.

Anna Qabale Duba was the first graduate in her village and the family’s only educated child. She chose education because she recognised that illiteracy hindered people’s ability to learn new skills and change harmful cultural norms.

She used her power to advocate gender equality and education in her community. She built a school in her village through the Qabale Duba Foundation, where children could study in the morning and adults could study in the afternoon. Over 150 children and 100 adults are currently enrolled in the community literacy programme.

“I feel extremely happy and privileged to receive this prestigious award,” she said. “I knew I wanted to apply for the award as soon as I heard about it because it gives nurses from all over the world a chance to be recognised. It is a privilege to be recognised by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum.

“I am grateful to the jury members and Aster DM Healthcare for giving me the opportunity to share my story.” she added.

“Heartiest congratulations to Anna Qabale Duba from Kenya for being the recipient of the first-ever Aster Guardians Global Nursing Award,” stated Dr Azad Moopen, founding chairman and managing director of Aster DM Healthcare. “Her commitment to the healthcare community and the area of nursing have been outstanding, and we really hope that her story continues to inspire others.”

Dida Jirma Bulle of Kenya, Francis Michael Fernando of the United Kingdom, Jasmine Mohammed Sharaf of the United Arab Emirates, Julia Dorothy Downing of the United Kingdom, Lincy Padicala Joseph of India, Manju Dhandapani of India, Matthew James Ball of Australia, Rachel Abraham Joseph of the United States, and Wais Mohammad Qarani of Afghanistan were among the other nine finalists.

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