Our own ‘Florence Nightingale’ Tlou off to Spain for her biggest award

02 May 2017

Former minister of health and renowned medico Professor Sheila Tlou will on April 27 be celebrated as the first winner in Africa of the Christianne Reimann Award at Masa Square Hotel.

The main event will be held in Barcelona, Spain, on May to 27. The Christiane Reimann Award recognises outstanding nursing achievement and is known all over the world as nursing’s most venerated international award. 

The international gathering of thousands of nurses will explore nurses’ leading role in the transformation of care, with a particular focus on universal health coverage, the Sustainable Development Goals and human resources for health. 

The congress will provide opportunities for nurses to build relationships and to disseminate nursing knowledge and leadership across specialties, cultures and countries. The three International Council of Nurses (ICN) pillars that are Professional Practice, Regulation and Socio-Economic Welfare; will frame the scientific programme and the dynamic exchange of experiences and expertise. The prize is said to carry a substantial cash prize and a hand-painted porcelain statue of a nurse.

Tlou has many national and international awards but what excites her about this one is that, it is the first that actually goes with a cash prize, which no matter how much it is, she will share with different organisations such as Botswana Nurses Union, Uganda, Kenya and Zambia, to name a few.

In a statement addressed to Tlou, the Managing Director of Barclays Life, Motshabi Mokone, said there were many reasons she why she had been chosen for the most celebrated honour as she is a true icon, a giant. 

“We stand here as very proud Batswana to celebrate and bid farewell to our very own Professor Sheila Dinotshi Tlou, as she travels to Spain to receive the most prestigious award. It is yet another example of Botswana setting the standard of excellence in Africa. 

“It is really pleasing to see that we have Batswana who are recognised for the noble yet exceptional work that they do, contributing to the general well-being of our society,” Mokone said.

Assistant Minister of Health and Wellness, Phillip Makgalemela said that Tlou had made Africa and Botswana proud as a nursing icon. 

“She is the first nurse to be a specially elected Member of Parliament and the first nurse to be the minister of health,” said Makgalemela.  

This year’s theme will be: “Nurses at the forefront transforming care.”