Aga Khan Foundation, an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), observed the International Nurses Day 2017 to honour nurses in Bangladesh, recognising their critical contributions to the health sector and wellbeing of citizens.
Marking the day, the foundation held a programme in Dhaka recently, where Professor Yasmin Amarsi, the Founding Dean at the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the Aga Khan University, gave the keynote presentation.
Dr Amarsi underscored the need of a united voice among nurses to help improve the profession, highlighting the result of developing nursing quality.
In her welcome speech, Dilshad Dossani, Chair of the foundation’s national committee said: “It is fitting indeed that we are here to celebrate and honour a profession that strives at its heart to care for humanity, both in body and in spirit.”
Subhash Chandra Sarker, Additional Secretary (Nursing and Midwifery) of Health and Family Welfare Ministry, who attended the event as the chief guest, highlighted the recent efforts of the government to upgrade the nursing profession in the country.
He also encouraged nurses to continue working for the betterment of their profession.
The event also gave an opportunity to nurses to share their own perspectives about their work and profession in the country.
AKDN has been working in the field of nursing, primarily through the Aga Khan University, for nearly forty years, in many countries including in Afghanistan, Egypt, India, Kenya, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
This year, the International Nurses Day with the theme “Nurses: A Voice to Lead, Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals” was marked on May 12.
There are over 40,000 registered nurses working in the country; around 90% of whom are women.