Kenyan nurse wins World Best Award with $250,000 cash prize for fighting female genital mutilation 

Anna Qabale Duba (second right) receiving her award at a ceremony to mark the 2022 International Nurses Day in Dubai

A Kenyan nurse named Anna Qabale Duba has been crowned with the Aster Guardians Global Nursing Award for her efforts in eradicating female genital mutilation (FGM) in Kenya.

The award has a prize of $250,000. Anna Qabale Duba is a nurse at Marsabit County Referral Hospital in northern Kenya.

She was awarded for her dedication towards eradicating harmful cultural practices like female genital mutilation in her community.

Aside being a nurse, Duba owns a foundation which works to empower young girls in Kenya.

She was awarded in Dubai at an event marking the International Nurses Day.

Over 24, 000 nurses from 184 countries submitted their applications for the prestigious award.

In her speech at the ceremony in Dubai, Ms. Duba indicated that “Through my organisation, I have built a unique school in my village that teaches both children and their parents, because for me education is key to a better future.”

Pictures from the ceremony were shared online by the Dubai Media Office.

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