Oct 4, 2022

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Kenyan nurse bags Sh25 million Aster Guardian Global Nursing award

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 a whopping Sh25 million (US$250,000) to take home with her Taken home She beat nine other finalists in Dubai.

She was selected from the top 24,000 nurses nominated worldwide by a prestigious grand jury before being shortlisted as one of the ten finalists.< /p>

While speaking to The Nation on Thursday, she said she was delighted to be among the celebrity attendees, some of whom were far more experienced and highly educated than her, as the recipient appeared.

“My victory has shown me that I am doing a great job and makes me feel that my dreams are valid and heading towards even greater victories,” said Ms. Qabale.

< p>She was celebrated in Dubai at a ceremony to commemorate held on the International Day of Nurses.

Mrs. Qabale, decked out in cultural regalia, accepted the award from the Chair of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority An and Executive Chief of Emirates Airline Sheikh Ahmed Saeed Al Maktoum.< /p>

“This victory is indeed for my country Kenya, my continent Africa and all the girls in the villages of my home district of Marsabit,” said Ms. Qabale added.

The Aster Guardian International Nursing Award was established in 2021 to recognize the determined and selfless humanitarian care provided by nurses worldwide.

She emerged as the winner among other nominees after impressively appealing to the prestigious grand jury for the fact that she who selflessly dedicated her life to helping girls in need in Marsabit County.

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She attributes her success to hard work, patience, and most importantly, the support of her county.

She hopes to become an ambassador for all – Educating girls not just in Marsabit or Kenya, but across Africa.

Mrs. Qabale was the first Miss Tourism Marsabit County, Miss Tourism in Kenya Peace and Miss Tourism Kenya Investment 2013/2014.

During her tenure as Miss Marsabit County, she invested her energies in improving menstrual hygiene and education in Marsabit County.

She is the founder of the Qabale Duba Foundation – PAPA Project, a project initiated to Providing girls with sanitary napkins and panties so they can focus on their studies.

She helps girls from disadvantaged backgrounds not skip classes because of their menstrual periods by providing them with sanitary napkins and panties.< /p>

The project, which since its inception over 3.00 0 girls has also lifted the burden of many poor parents.

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She argued that on average a girl is absent from school for four days in a month because of menstruation and loses 288 hours of class in a calendar year, which equates to 192 hours of missed study due to school absence.

“I’ve been passionate about menstrual health since I’ve been in the same predicament,” explained Ms. Qabale.

The other nine finalists also received cash prizes at the event.