Karachi, August 5, 2022: In a first for Pakistan and a big milestone for the nursing fraternity in the country, Dr. Rozina Karmaliani, Dean of the Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery [AKU-SONAM], becomes the first Pakistani nurse to be inducted as Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, [AAN].
AAN is one of the largest international organizations of nursing, catering to the generation and dissemination of nursing knowledge for improved healthcare outcomes and nursing practices worldwide.
The AAN Fellowship is the highest honor bestowed to nursing professionals for the impact they have made on healthcare through education, practice, research, and policy – for championing health and wellness, locally and globally. The nomination and selection of members is done through a rigorous process after which the inductees are expected to make global impact on future healthcare policies.
Among nearly 3,000 Fellows of AAN worldwide inducted over the past 50 years of its existence, Dr. Karmaliani is the first and only member within Pakistan and the Central and South Asian regions, putting the country on the map in the field of nursing.
“I am truly honoured to be representing Pakistan on such an important global platform. With the rapidly shifting trends in healthcare, it is crucial for nurses from the developing world to have a seat on the table where important policy dialogues and decision-making takes place, so they can have a bigger impact on healthcare outcomes and nursing practice on this side of the world,” commented Dr. Rozina Karmaliani.
Dr. Karmaliani is the first alumna Dean of AKU-SONAM, Pakistan, and has been associated with the Aga Khan University for nearly three decades, serving the institution in various leadership, research and academic capacities. She will be recognized for her contributions in healthcare and officially inducted as member of the Academy at AAN’s annual Health Policy Conference on October 29, 2022 in Washington, DC.
Source: Aga Khan University
About the Aga Khan University
The Aga Khan University is a pioneering institution of higher education whose mission is to improve the quality of life in the developing world and beyond, through world-class teaching, research and healthcare delivery. AKU educates students for local and global leadership from campuses and teaching hospitals in six countries, primarily in Asia and Africa. It generates new knowledge to solve problems that affect millions of people, especially the most vulnerable. The University is a private, not-for-profit institution and an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network. www.aku.edu
About School of Nursing & Midwifery:
The AKU School of Nursing and Midwifery (AKU-SONAM), is the first academic unit of the Aga Khan University in Pakistan. Founded in 1980, the School has led the way in introducing new academic programmes in nursing and midwifery that prepare students using a blended learning curriculum and simulation-based training at the University’s Centre for Innovation in Medical Education. SONAM’s collaborations with several public and private sector institutions, regulatory bodies and federations, and NGOs within Pakistan and across the globe have enabled us to bring a diverse pool of expertise and to improve nursing and midwifery education and practice within the country. Our graduates go on to join diverse teams of clinical experts, researchers, academicians, and policymakers and are able to make an impact on the healthcare landscape. www.aku.edu/sonampk