An honorary fellow of the RCN has been arrested after leading a protest against fuel shortages.
Dorothy Ngoma was arrested in Malawi with members of the National Organisation of Nurses and Midwives of Malawi as they demonstrated against the fuel shortage, which they say is affecting the ability to take patients to hospital.
RCN Scotland board member, Geoff Earl, who visited Malawi earlier this month, said Ms Ngoma and her colleagues were heading to deliver a petition to the Malawian president when they were surrounded by armed police and arrested.
All protestors were later released.
Mr Earl said: “I have been in contact with Dorothy and can report that she is safe but that she is determined not to be intimidated when she is just protecting the interests of her patients and fellow nurses.
“In this she demonstrates why she is held in such high regard by the RCN”.
Ms Ngoma was made an honorary member of the RCN for her “outstanding contribution to nursing in Malawi”, where she grew the membership of her nurses’ organisation from 50 to 3,000 in just five years.