Five faculty members and three alumni from Aga Khan University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery in Pakistan (AKU-SONAM), were honored in the 2020 100 Outstanding Women Nurses and Midwives.  At the same time, three more nurses and midwives at the French Medical Institute for Women and Children (FMIC) in Afghanistan, which is managed by AKU, were also recognized, bringing the total to 11, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) says.

One hundred nurses and midwives from 43 countries have been recognized for their contribution to raising healthcare standards across the globe, especially during these difficult times.  These outstanding leaders have been acknowledged by Women in Global Health (WGH), which collaborated with the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Population Fund, Nursing Now, International Council of Nurses and International Confederation of Midwives on the list. 

By recognizing these nursing and midwifery leaders, Women in Global Health hopes that nurses and midwives take on strategic leadership positions in health facilities – that they become involved in key decisions, support diversity in recruitment strategies, reduce the gender pay gap and ensure a safe work environment.