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MBABANE – A Swazi nurse Phetsile Mamba, who is the Director of International Council of Nurses’ (ICN) Wellness Centre for Health Care Workers in Manzini, has received an international award for her work with HIV.

The RCNi reported that the outstanding work of Mamba, has been recognised globally by the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) with an Excellence in Global HIV Nursing Award.  

She received a trophy, and a return ticket to the USA where she went to collect the award. Her trip, which took place between October 19 and November 2, was also fully sponsored.

Mamba is a founding member of the innovative and highly successful ICN-Swaziland Wellness Centre for Health Care Workers.
The centre was established in 2006, in partnership with the Swaziland Nurses Association, now the Swaziland Democratic Nurses Union (SWADNU), the Danish Nurses Organisation, the Stephen Lewis Foundation, BD Corporation and the Ministry of Health.


 The ANAC award recognises an outstanding nurse, living and working on a resource-limited setting, who has significantly impacted his/her community or colleagues by promoting excellence in HIV nursing care and/or prevention and who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovation.

 “The Southern foot of Africa is greatly affected by HIV,” Mamba reportedly said in her acceptance speech.
“We nurses are doing all we can to fight against this disease and its impact.”

 Pierre Théraulaz, ICN’s Acting Chief Executive Officer said: “The work Phetsile and her colleagues have accomplished in such challenging conditions is truly outstanding.

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