On the occasion of International Nurses Day, Kenyan woman Anna Qabale Duba has been named the winner of the Aster Guardians Global Nursing Award. The award ceremony was held at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai. The winner was announced by Dr. Azad Moopen, and the award was presented by HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, in the presence of HE Dr. Amin Al Amiri, Undersecretary at Ministry of Health – UAE; HE Awad Saghir Al Ketbi, Director General of Dubai Health Authority (DHA); HE Dr. Amer Ahmad Sharif, CEO of Dubai Academic Health Corporation and HE Khalifa Bin Drai, the Executive Director of the Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services; alongside senior ministry officials, government representatives, VIPs, renowned personalities from UAE and abroad and 600 delegates.
The top 10 finalists for Aster Guardians Global Nursing Award were announced on 26th April, post which they underwent a public voting process, followed by final evaluation by the Grand Jury. The other 9 finalists were also awarded with a monetary prize. Anna Qabale Duba emerged as the winner after competing with over 24,000 nurses from 184 countries. It is pertinent to mention that Aster Guardians Global Nursing Award is one of the top awards with the highest prize money in the healthcare community worth $250,000
Anna Qabale Duba was the first graduate from her village and the only educated child in her family. She chose education because she understood that illiteracy held people back from learning new things and changing harmful cultural norms. During her nursing studies, she won the Miss Tourism Kenya 2013. She used her influence to advocate for gender equality and education in her community. Under the Qabale Duba Foundation, she built a school in her village where children could study in the morning and adults in the afternoon. The community literacy program currently has over 150 children and 100 adult learners.
On winning the award, Nurse Anna Qabale Duba said, “I feel extremely happy and privileged to be receiving this prestigious award today. Ever since I heard about the award, I was very keen on applying to it as it provides nurses from all over the world a platform to be recognized. It is an honour to be heard and awarded as the winner. My heartfelt gratitude to the jury members and Aster DM Healthcare for providing me with this opportunity to tell my story. I dedicate this award to my patients, family, co-workers and to everyone who have supported me in this journey.”
Dr. Azad Moopen, Founder Chairman and Managing Director of Aster DM Healthcare said, “Heartiest congratulations to Anna Qabale Duba from Kenya, for being the winner of the first ever Aster Guardians Global Nursing Award. Her/His contribution to the healthcare community and to the field of nursing has been remarkable and we truly hope that his/her story continues to inspire many.”
“It gives us a great sense of fulfillment to witness the impact that Aster Guardians Global Nursing Award has been able to create. What started as an initiative to recognise the outstanding contribution of nurses worldwide has now emerged as a movement encouraging people to acknowledge the contribution of nurses to their lives and society. As we look forward to the next edition of the award, we hope more nurses will come forward to share their stories and inspire the youth to consider a long-term successful career in Nursing,” added Dr. Azad Moopen.
Ms. Alisha Moopen, Deputy Managing Director, Aster DM Healthcare said, “All nurses have incredible stories to tell, and we feel honoured to be able to provide a platform like Aster Guardians Global Nursing Award which has been able to celebrate and cascade some of these deserving stories to the world. I cannot imagine a single day in healthcare without these nurses’ pushing boundaries of care delivery and ensuring the well-being of their patients. In alignment with the spirit of International Nurses Day, this is our effort to #CarefortheCaregivers.”
The rest of the 9 finalists, Dida Jirma Bulle from Kenya; Francis Michael Fernando from United Kingdom; Jasmine Mohammed Sharaf from United Arab Emirates; Julia Dorothy Downing from United Kingdom; Lincy Padicala Joseph from India, Manju Dhandapani from India; Matthew James Ball from Australia; Rachel Abraham Joseph from United States and Wais Mohammad Qarani from Afghanistan, were also awarded.