A message from SONAM East Africa
As we celebrate International Nurses Day today, I would like to appreciate nurses all across the world for their endless commitment to taking care of everyone, even during these uncertain times. At SONAM East Africa, as we continue to interact with our students remotely, we remember that nurses are also responding to other non-COVID related illnesses by providing care for patients with pre-existing conditions and those requiring emergency care and routine services. As nurses, we see life and death, courage and hopelessness, fear and bravery, tragedy and best of all, success.
The theme for this year’s International Nursing Day is Nursing the world to health, which is very timely because of the health-related challenges we have faced so far.
I would like to appreciate all the nurses working in the wards, communities, critical care units, nursing homes and homes, labs, private practices and wherever you are serving from. As you continue to nurse the world to health, do not forget to take care of yourselves. I wish you the very best as you mark this day with your families, workmates, patients and associations in line with various government directives. Remember that you are the backbone of our healthcare systems. We stand with you!
Dr Eunice NdiranguDeanSchool of Nursing and Midwifery, East Africa
A message from SONAM Pakistan
It is an exciting time for nursing and midwifery in Pakistan and globally as we celebrate this year as the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. While the world acknowledges the critical role nurses and midwives play in health promotion, disease prevention and in meeting the public’s healthcare needs, we should not forget our brave nurses and midwives on the frontlines during the current public health crisis. The School stands together with our healthcare heroes and will continue to support them through our capacity building initiatives during this tough time and beyond.
I also believe that there is no better time than now to understand the role and scope of advanced practice nursing and how it will enable us to fulfil the goals of universal health coverage and the targets set in the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
For us, 2020 is not just a landmark year in health, it is also very special for the School of Nursing and Midwifery in Pakistan as this time marks the completion of 40 wonderful years of delivering on our commitment of educating and empowering nurses across Pakistan. We have indeed played an important role in changing the narrative on nursing and producing tomorrow’s leaders in the field.
Throughout the year and beyond, we will be sharing the amazing work of our nurses, midwives and alumni across the globe. Remember that we stand with you while you continue to improve the health and wellbeing of the communities you live in. You make us all proud and we thank you for being committed ambassadors of SONAM.
Dr Rozina KarmalianiInterim DeanSchool of Nursing and Midwifery, Pakistan