| Sep 19, 2023
Typhoon Floods Cannot Stop Our Nursing Students' Effort
AAI Nursing Scholar helps deliver first baby
Once again, it is graduation time for Asia America Initiative's Nursing Students, to be followed by their profesional license exams. This year the need for new nurses, in the Philippines and all around the world has intensified. No matter if we focus on developed or underdeveloped countries, new nurses are in high demand. But the intensity of natural calamities storms and earthquakes, as well as rising poverty, has created tremendous challnges in our post-Covid19 world. Illnesses, burn-out and stress caused many to leave the profession. Many must walk long distances to college or hospital internship duties in knee to waist deep flood waters, which cause many illnesses. Yet, there are many young women from all walks of life - including AAI scholars -- who give their all to fulfill their dream of becoming a nurse or other medical professional. Since 2012, Asia America Initiative has made a priority of helping some of these bright and compassionate young women in the Philippines, whether Christain or Muslim, to achieve their dreams.
In 2022, the World Health Organization issued a report on "Nursery and Midwifery," stating: "There is a 50 percent shortage in global health workers of 27 million persons, half of whom are nurses and midwives.” The WHO estimates that 9 million new nurses and midwives are needed by the year 2030. Globally, 70 percent of the health and social workforce are women. The largest needs-based shortages in these occupations are in East Asia and Africa, which have the world's largest Muslim populations. Within the Philippines, there is currently a shortage of 350,000 nurses, which has devastated the country's public health programs. "We would like to stop the bleeding as soon as we can," says Dr. Maia at the Philippines Department of Health.
In the United States, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) reports 100,000 nurses in the United States left the workforce during the pandemic and by 2027, an additional 900,000 intend to leave the workforce, creating a shortage of 1/5 of nurses needed.
More than ever, it has become apparent that new nurses and other medical professionals are needed worldwide and must be given the opportunity to study if they have the aptitude and desire to serve their communities. "It has been my life dream to become a nurse," says AAI scholar Miss Zee, a graduating Nursing Student at Our Lady of Fatima University, Philippines. "At present, my classmates and I who graduated recently are taking our review classes for license exams on campus and doing our Clinical studies in hospitals around the city. We put in 6 to 7 days per week. There is no way I could work another job to pay tuition and other fees while completing my nursing studies. To be an AAI nursing scholar is an unbelievable blessing."
Muslim females around the world lack the opportunity to receive a quality education and to develop professional skills to remedy the health, social, and economic needs of their communities. AAI, with the help of our GlobalGiving donors, provide scholarships for Nursing and other Medical and Psychology students in the Philippines at our sponsored schools. These include: Sulu State College of Jolo, Mindanao State University, Notre Dame College in Jolo, Ateneo University in Zamboanga and Our Lady of Fatima University in Manila. These institutions have provided wonderful training and opportunities for Muslim girls, who study alongside their Christian sisters.
Each school year, we have supported up to 50 female nursing students with basic educational needs, classroom materials and lab fees, graduation fees and the cost of living for licensing exams. We now have supported more than 350 deserving women to become licensed Registered Nurses, Midwives, Psychologists and Technicians who provide professional life-saving care to their communities. Other AAI scholarship graduates are currently working in well-respected hospitals overseas, where shortages are also serious. The nurses will provide vital services and expand the employment base in some of the most economically deprived areas of the world.
They also serve as role models and positive symbols for the next generation. "The community salutes their service," says Dr. Yolanda, who is also an Education and Professional Training specialist in the Philippines and in California. "Asia America Initiative and their donor partnershave made it possible for dozens of talented young women from impoverished families in a number of communities to fulfill their dreams."
The Goal of Asia America Initiative is to build a quality health system accessible to all.
If you would like to continue to support these dedicated nursing students, or begin a monthly donation, please click the link below.
Support 50 Muslim Girls to Become Nurses
Thank you again,
Public Health Fair
Drawing blood at community clinic for the poor
License Exam Review class
Assisting in Surgery
Looking forward to the future