Anna Qabale Duba who hails from Marsabit County, Kenya, is the first winner of the prestigious Aster Guardian Global Nursing Award. She received a whopping Sh 25 million (USD 250,000) after becoming a winner out of other nine finalists in Dubai.
She was selected from among the initial 24, 000 nurses nominated worldwide by an eminent grand jury. Aster Guardian International Nursing Award was founded in 2021 to acknowledge the resolute and selfless humanitarian care extended by nurses worldwide and the ceremony was held in Dubai in commemoration of International Nurses Day.
Ms Qabale, dedicated her victory to her country Kenya, her African continent and to all the girls back in the villages of her home county, Marsabit. She committed her life to help needy girls in Marsabit county. She invested her energies in improving menstrual hygiene and education in Marsabit county. Ms Qabale is the founder of the ‘Qabale Duba Foundation’ initiated to equip girls with sanitary towels and panties, to enable them to concentrate on their studies. This has helped as many as 3000 girls avoid skipping classes during their menses.
“Since I was a victim of the same predicament, I am passionate about menstrual health” Ms Qabale explained.