Kenyan nurse Anna Qabale Duba is the inaugural winner of the prestigious Aster Guardian Global Nursing Award.
Ms Qabale, who hails from Marsabit County, has taken home $250,000 after seeing nine others finalists in Dubai.
She was selected by a high profile grand jury from the 10 finalists shortlisted from the initial pool of 24,000 nominated nurses worldwide.
The other nine finalists also received cash prizes from the event.
Ms Qabale told The Nation on Thursday that she was delighted to be among the prominent participants, some of whom were much more experienced and were more educated than they were when the honoree emerged.
“My victory has shown me that I am doing a great job and makes me feel like my dreams are real and that I can achieve even greater victories,” she said .
Ms Qabale was born in Dubai at a r ceremony to commemorate the International Nurses Day.
Dressed in cultural regalia, she accepted the award from Sheikh Ahmed Saeed Al Ma ktoum, the Chairman of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Executive Chief of Emirates Airline .
“This victory is indeed for my country Kenya, my continent Africa and all the girls in the villages of my home district of Marsabit. added Ms. Qabale.
She emerged as the winner among other nominees after impressively appealing to the high-profile grand jury for selflessly devoting her life to helping girls in need in Marsabit County.
The Aster Guardian International Nursing Award was established in 2021 to recognize the determined and selfless humanitarian care of nurses worldwide.
Ms Qabale hopes that not only in Marsabit or Kenya, but also becomes an ambassador for girls’ education across Africa.
She was the first Miss Tourism Marsabit County and also held the titles of Miss Tourism Kenya Peace and Miss Tourism Kenya Investment 2013/2014.
During her tenure as Miss Marsabit County, she worked to improve menstrual hygiene and education in Marsabit County.
She is also the founder of the Qabale Duba Foundation – PAPA Project, a project that was initiated to give girls pads and panties so they could focus on their studies. This ensures that needy girls do not skip class during their menstrual period.
More than 3,000 girls have benefited from the project.