Presenting at the 3rd International Conference of the Commonwealth Nurses & Midwives Federation
We were both privileged to present at this Conference — attended by representative leaders from 53 Commonwealth nations and all continents. The above photo captures the opening Panel Presentation of this widely-respected Conference, convened bi-ennially in London, UK.
Phalakshi’s well-received presentation was developed from her work to broadly share details of the challenges facing Indian nurses today, as well as the significant contributions 1.5 million nurses make to the health of the 1.5 billion Indian peoples. An earlier version of Phalakshi’s presentation — prepared for the 2015 UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York City — can be seen here >>
Honoured to Keynote with ICN President Dr. Judith Shamian
It was indeed an honour for Deva- Marie to present a keynote speech — just before ICN President Judith Shamian’s own keynote — during the last hours of the CNMF Conference, convened at the prestigious Royal College of Physicians in London.
Deva-Marie's keynote shared a ‘2020 vision’ of how nursing leaders from everywhere can become leading publicly-recognized advocates for achieving the 17 new United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — all seen as critical factors in the health of humanity.
Dr. Shamian’s own stirring keynote envisioned the ‘IMPACT’ that nurses leaders and all nurses can make as we upgrade the way we see ourselves and become much more pro-active to influence public policy regarding health planning and health outcomes in each of our own nations.
At the end of this inspired Conference, everyone rushed to capture photo memories of our such a great opportunities to be together from so many places across the world. A few of the photos we captured are featured here below.
From the left, NIGH’s Deva-Marie Beck and Phalakshi Manjrekar with India’s Sunita Lawrence, beside Judtih Shamian and Frances Hughes — President and CEO of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) — beside Anita Deodhar, President of the national Trained Nurses Association of India (TNAI).
From the left, beside Deva-Marie & Phalakshi, is Yoko Leong, a Public Health Nurse from Berkeley California — originally from Japan — beside Malasia’s Ramziah Binti Ahmad, President of CNMF and Suraya Noraidah Abdullah, President of the Brunei Drussalam Nurses Association.
Here, Deva-Marie, Anita, Phalakshi and Sunita surround our friend and colleague Kwaku Asante-Krobea, President of the Ghanaian Nurses Association in West Africa. All photos in this Blog are from NIGH’s archives and Phakakshi Manjrekar’s camera.