FGS-themed NNCGSI winner announced!
In September 2022, the Nursing Now Challenge ran a Nursing Now Challenge Global Solutions Initiative (NNCGSI) in collaboration with the FAST Package. The FAST Package combines a diverse partnership of global and national partners and is dedicated to a holistic approach to combatting Female Genital Schistosomiasis (FGS).
Female Genital Schistosomiasis (FGS) affects an estimated 56 million women and girls globally. It is a severely neglected women’s health issue, largely because awareness of the disease in endemic areas is very low and it is not included in the training of health workers. Misdiagnosis is common as symptoms often mimic those of a sexually transmitted infection. Awareness raising is key to tackling this disease and can be achieved at every level of the health system as well as in communities affected.
This NNCGSI encouraged nurses and midwives to reflect on ways that they could raise awareness of FGS through an existing programme, platform or service within their communities.
Today we are delighted to announce the winner of this NNCGSI is Ephraim Senkyire, Senior Nursing Officer, Ghana.
“On 1st December 2022, I opened my email and to my surprise, I saw a message from the Nursing Now Challenge saying “congratulations”. I thought to myself, congratulations for what? When I read the email, I really exclaimed and shouted, I was so excited.” Ephraim Senkyire, Senior Nursing Officer, Ghana.
Ephraim is a registered nurse, researcher and currently the managing editor of AHRO review of nursing & midwifery and AHRO university nursing coordinator. As the winner of this NNCGSI, Ephraim will receive $500 and 3 months of mentoring support from Ruth Allotey, a registered nurse, practicing since 2002 with qualifications in Public Health. Ruth is passionate about women’s health issues including FGS. She has benefitted from training on FGS organised by the Geneva Learning Foundation and the FAST package.
You can learn more about FGS and the associated issues by watching the webinar recordings here.