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Refugee and women’s health top concerns for nurse award winner

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A major award has been given to a nurse for her “outstanding” work in the health of women and refugees, the International Council of Nurses has announced.

Dr Subadhra Devi Rai has been named as the recipient of the 2015 International Achievement Award, given by ICN’s Florence Nightingale International Foundation.

Dr Rai is a nurse and senior lecturer at the School of Health Sciences (Nursing) at Nanyang Polytechnic in Singapore.

Her nursing career began in Singapore where she worked in an intensive care unit. She continued her education in Canada where she also worked as a researcher.

In 2005, she became a women’s health coordinator at WEAVE (Women’s Education for Advancement and Empowerment) in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

“She has shown dedication in providing nursing care to vulnerable populations since the beginning of her career”

Judith Shamian

In 2014, Dr Rai received a grant for a project on the health of repatriated refugees from the Thai border with Burma (Myanmar).

She volunteered with AWARE SAB in Singapore where she offered support to and advocates for victims of sexual assault.

Judith Shamian, president of the ICN and the Florence Nightingale International Foundation, said: “Subadhra Rai has shown dedication in providing nursing care to vulnerable populations since the beginning of her career.

“Her special focus on issues such as gender-based violence, sexual health and reintegration of refugees is particularly topical,” she said.

International Council of Nurses

Dr Subadhra Devi Rai

The International Achievement Award will be presented to Dr Rai at a special event on 21 June at the ICN Conference in Seoul, South Korea.

The award is given every two years to a practising nurse with at least 10 years of nursing experience in direct care, education, management or research.

The ICN is a federation of more than 130 national nurses associations across the world.

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