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Published: 23 August 2018

University of Surrey recognises excellence in nursing

By Natasha Meredith

The International Care Ethics Observatory at the University of Surrey is delighted to announce this year’s recipients of its prestigious Human Rights and Nursing Award.

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Receiving awards from the acclaimed organisation are Alice Leahy and Miriam Kasztura, who join a distinguished list of nursing professionals who have shown exceptional levels of care and dedication to people in need. Previous recipients of the awards include Will Pooley, who returned to his nursing duties in Sierra Leone after contracting Ebola.

Alice Leahy, a former nurse and midwife and co-founder of the Alice Leahy Trust, has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of homeless people in Ireland. Through her work with the Alice Leahy Trust she has developed an extraordinary nurse-led service that offers respite, shelter, healthcare and friendship to anyone who is without a home in Dublin. Alice has campaigned for over fifty years for the rights and freedoms of homeless people, helping to improve their quality of life. 

Miriam Kasztura, a nurse and long term member of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), is recognised for her medical work in developing countries. Between 2011 and 2017, Miriam completed 15 assignments in humanitarian emergencies and conflict settings in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia and Syria and worked in outbreaks of Ebola, measles, malaria, cholera and meningitis. Miriam is currently on the Board of Directors at MSF and is leading on the enforcement of human rights in underserved populations in Switzerland whose healthcare needs are not met.

The International Care Ethics Observatory, based at the University of Surrey is a leading centre that highlights the importance and complexity of care activities in health and social care and supports innovative and effective interventions that develop ethical care practices.

Ann Gallagher, Director of the International Care Ethics (ICE) Observatory and Professor of Ethics and Care, at the University of Surrey, said: “We are delighted to award this accolade to Alice and Miriam. Nurses and other care-givers are society’s unsung heroes, providing dedicated care to people who need it most. It is important that we recognise this and celebrate the difference nurses make to individuals and communities and the efforts they make to advance human rights around the globe.”

Both recipients will receive their award at a ceremony at the Catherine Mc Auley School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University College Cork on 1 September 2018.

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