KARACHI (Khyber Mail): The Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery (AKU-SONAM) in collaboration with the Division of Nursing Services, Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH), hosted the International Nurses and Midwives Day Conference 2024.

The conference, titled “Economy and Environment: Impact through Nursing and Midwifery Care”, underscored the pivotal role healthcare professionals play in shaping economies and promoting environmental sustainability.

The event, held at the AKU Stadium Road campus in Karachi, featured distinguished speakers and experts who offered insights on the diverse benefits of nursing and midwifery care. Mr Noor Ahmed Samoo, Secretary, Department of Universities and Boards, Government of Sindh, graced the event as the Chief Guest, adding significant value to the discussions surrounding healthcare, economy, and environment.

Keynote addresses and talks were delivered by esteemed speakers, including Dr Farhat Abbas, CEO of AKUH, Ms Khairunnissa Hooda, Chief Nursing Officer at AKUH, and Dr Tazeen Saeed Ali, Interim Dean of AKU-SONAM. They highlighted the critical contributions of nurses in patient care, hospital management, and healthcare system sustainability, and emphasized the importance of nursing and midwifery education in fostering a sustainable healthcare workforce and addressing environmental challenges.

The conference provided a platform for engaging discussions, knowledge-sharing, and collaboration among healthcare professionals, policymakers, educators, and stakeholders. Attendees actively participated in interactive sessions, panel discussions, and networking opportunities to further the conversation about the impact of nursing and midwifery on the economy and the environment.

“Investing in nursing and midwifery is not only beneficial for healthcare but also for society as a whole. By doing so, we invest in the health and wellbeing of future generations, create opportunities for individuals to lead healthy, productive lives, and contribute to sustainable development,” said Dr Tazeen Saeed Ali, Interim Dean of AKU-SONAM.

The International Nurses & Midwives Day Conference underscored the importance of recognizing and supporting the contributions of nurses and midwives in building resilient and sustainable healthcare systems for the benefit of society as a whole.

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