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In a momentous celebration of selfless dedication and exceptional humanitarian service, Chinwe Lawrence-Uchenna, a Registered Nurse and Senior Staff Nurse with the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, has been awarded the prestigious Florence Nightingale Medal 49th Award on August 1, 2023 at Reading, UK. The recognition comes in acknowledgment of her outstanding contributions as the former Health Coordinator of the Anambra state branch of the Nigerian Red Cross Society.

The Florence Nightingale Medal, established in 1912, is one of the highest international distinctions a nurse can receive. It is awarded by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to recognize nurses and volunteers who have displayed exceptional courage, unwavering commitment, and a profound impact on health care and humanitarian efforts. The honor is particularly significant as it is awarded only every two years to a select group of individuals worldwide.

Chinwe Lawrence-Uchenna's journey began as a dedicated volunteer with the Nigerian Red Cross Society. For years, she tirelessly worked on various health-related initiatives, providing much-needed medical aid, promoting health education, and responding to emergencies in Anambra state, Nigeria. Her unwavering commitment and compassion have left a lasting impact on the lives of countless individuals in the community.

During her tenure as the Health Coordinator, Chinwe spearheaded numerous initiatives aimed at improving healthcare access and raising awareness about critical health issues. Her leadership skills and tireless efforts led to the successful implementation of vaccination drives, maternal health programs, and community-based healthcare services, all of which significantly improved the well-being of the local population.

Her journey didn't end there. The compassion and dedication that Chinwe displayed on the field extended to the international stage. As a Senior Staff Nurse at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, she brought her wealth of experience and expertise to assist patients in the United Kingdom, leaving an indelible mark on those she cared for.

Presented with the medal by Matt Tams, the President of Berkshire Red Cross, Chinwe said: 

“I am touched, I do not deserve it, I am humbled to be here today to receive this medal it means so much to me. I like to work hard and I am passionate about helping people and I would say to my Nigerian colleagues keep flying the flag for humanity.” 

The Nigerian Red Cross Society, along with her colleagues and patients, celebrates this momentous occasion as a testament to the tireless work and unyielding dedication of Chinwe Lawrence-Uchenna. Her story serves as an inspiration to countless aspiring nurses and volunteers, demonstrating the transformative power of empathy and compassion in shaping a better world.

Dr Manir Jega, Director of Health and Care at the Nigerian Red Cross also joined the ceremony virtually. He said: 

“We are very happy. We want to congratulate her (Chinwe); we’re not really surprised but we really appreciate everything she has done. She is so dedicated."

As Chinwe Lawrence-Uchenna continues her extraordinary journey, her contributions will undoubtedly leave a lasting legacy, impacting the lives of many more individuals in need. The Florence Nightingale Medal not only recognizes her achievements but also serves as a reminder of the profound impact that individuals can make in the realm of humanitarian service and healthcare.