Former Red Cross Staff receives Florence Nightingale Award

Mrs. Roselyn Nugba Ballah

A former staff of the Liberia National Red Cross Society Mrs. Roselyn Nugba Ballah will receive the Florence Nightingale Medal on Thursday, November 30, 2017. The medal is the  highest distinct international award honoring Nurses and Nurse Aides for the exceptional courage and devotion to the victims of armed conflict or natural disaster.

Mrs. Ballah is among 39-outstanding nurses from 22 countries including Liberia that will receive the Florence Nightingale Medal which honors exceptional courage and devotion to the victims of armed conflict or natural disaster. This 46th distinct highest international award given to Madam Ballah, also recognizes her exemplary service or a pioneering spirit in the areas of public health or nursing education.

Mrs. Ballah headed the Liberian Red Cross’ safe and dignified burial team comprised 140 volunteers, ensuring that all Ebola bodies were collected from the streets and communities within Monrovia and its environs and properly buried during the Ebola operations in Liberia in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

She was nominated by the Liberian Red Cross and selected by a commission comprised of the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Council of Nurses in May 2017.

The President of the Liberian Red Cross,  Mr.  Jerome Clarke, in a special congratulatory message to Mrs. Ballah,underscored her outstanding performance and commitment to offer hope and support to humanity during the dangerous period of Ebola.

Mr. Clarke says the award is an indication that the work of the Liberian Red Cross former staff and volunteers are still being recognized and appreciated internationally to motivate other staff and volunteers in the service of humanity in Liberia.

Since the Ebola response, the Liberian Red Cross and some of her staffs and volunteers have received several awards.Institutionally, the Red Cross has received the Golden Image Award, Investiture Ebola Virus Disease Award, Spanish Red Cross Ebola Virus Disease Award, and the Special Humanitarian Award.Individually,Mrs. Neima Candy, a former staff of the Liberian Red Cross received the Alumni category of the 2016 Advance Global Australian Award and the latest Florence Nightingale Medal awarded to Mrs. Roselyn Ballah including the recent Henry Davidson Award given to Thomas Marwolo on behalf of the Liberian Red Cross volunteers for their sacrificial services to humanity during the Ebola crisis.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.