A Kenyan nurse, Anna Qabale Duba, was on Thursday crowned the winner of the inaugural Aster Guardian Global Nursing Award. Duba, who works at the Marsabit County Referral Hospital, was selected by an eminent grand jury from ten finalists in a grand ceremony that was held in Dubai to commemorate International Nurses Day.

Anna Duba receiving the award from Sheikh Ahmed bin Sawwd Al Maktoum. Photo from Gulf News


Dressed in traditional Maasai attire, Duba received her of award Ksh.29 million in prize money from Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates airline and group. The nine other finalists each took home  approximately Ksh. 580,000 thousand.

Duba won the award for championing against harmful cultural practices through her Qabale Duba Foundation. The foundation aims at empowering the community with education and fighting against outdated cultural practices like Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

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Qabale Duba came within whiskers of child marriage, was subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM) and had to put up a real fight to be allowed to complete her education.


“In my wildest dreams I never thought that one day I would be celebrated on a global platform such as this, I come from a place where illiteracy level is quite high, and after having a taste of education I decided to go back and enlighten my people through education,” Duba said.

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The Aster Guardian Global Nursing Award was lauched in 2021 to recognize nurses who according to Dr Azad Moopen, Chairman and Founder of Aster Group, receive little to no recognition even though their work is extremely important.

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Featured photo: Virendra Saklani|Gulf News