Kenyan nurse,Anna Qabale Duba, from the Marsabit County Referral Hospital, wins inaugural Aster Guardian Global Nursing Award
Award-winning Kenyan nurse, Anna Qabale Duba, from the Marsabit County Referral Hospital, is the winner of the inaugural Aster Guardian Global Nursing Award, which attracts prize money of USD 250,000 (approx. Ksh.29 million).
Qabale Duba was recognised for her role in championing education and campaigning against outdated cultural practices like Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in her community. She was feted by Emirates CEO Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum at an award ceremony held in Dubai, which commemorated the International Nurses Day.
The community-driven medic, has been passionate about advancing education in her community that she started the Qabale Duba Foundation, which has built a school in the marginalized Marsabit County in Northern Eastern Kenya, which offers classes to young pupils and adults education as well.
“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 the illiteracy level is quite high, after having a taste of education I decided to go back and enlighten my people through education. Illiteracy allows harmful cultural practices such as FGM to thrive in Northern Kenya,” she said.
Qabale Duba is also an awardee pf the Zuri Awards 2019, which seeks to celebrate outstanding women making an impact in their communities every international Women’s Day.