Indian nun wins global HIV nursing award
By Matters India Reporter
New Delhi: A Catholic nun from India has won a prestigious global award in HIV nursing from an international association.
The Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) selected Sister Lourdu Mary Nagothu for developing and implementing the world’s first masters’ curriculum in HIV/AIDS.
The member of the Bangalore province of the Sisters of Jesus, Mary and Joseph will receive the award at a ceremony on November 4, the final night of ANAC’s annual conference at Dallas, Texas in the United States.
“We are pleased to congratulate you on being selected as the recipient of ANAC’s Excellence in Global HIV Nursing Award,” says an August 2 letter from the association..
Sister Nagothu is the director of Nursing at Bel-Air Hospital as well as principal of its College of Nursing at Panchgani, a famous hill station in the Satara district of Maharashtra state in western India.
The hospital and the college of nursing is an Indian Red Cross Society project managed by Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament priests and JMJ sisters.
The first batch of MSc nursing students, who studied the nun’s curriculum, completed the course this year from the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences.
The ANAC award recognizes an outstanding nurse, who working on a resource-limited setting, has significantly impacted the community by promoting excellence in HIV nursing care and demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovation.