Based in Dubai, UAE, Nadia Nizar Ali is currently working as an emergency nurse at the Belhoul Speciality Hospital in Dubai. Her passion for serving the community is what motivates her to remain on the frontlines, helping to fight Covid-19 as part of a healthcare team.
Based in Houston, USA, Dr Salma Khuwaja is one of the two operational directors of Epidemiology who are leading the City of Houston’s response against Covid-19. She has been working with local hospitals in planning and implementation of disease prevention and control measures for the last 16 years.
Zehra Bana works as a Clinical Practice leader for the Mental Health program at the Lakeridge Health Centre in Ontario. Her goal is to ensure that she and her team provide safe, high-quality, evidence-based care to patients.
Based in Umm Al Quwain, UAE, Noureen Kamran is a critical care nurse in the neonatal and NICU departments. Recently, her job has included attending to cases where perinatal care is required for pregnant women with suspected or confirmed cases of Covid-19.
Based in Manchester, United Kingdom, Alykhan Alyan Kassam alongside his clinical and academic commitments, joined the virtual frontline, working as a clinical contact caseworker for the National Health Service (NHS) and Public Health England. As part of this additional commitment, he undertakes public health risk assessments of people who have tested positive for Covid-19, conducts contact tracing and provides public health advice including advice on self-isolating to the affected.
As the leader of the Quality Assurance Department at Husaini Hematology & Oncology Trust in Karachi, Pakistan, Dr Raheela PyarAli is regularly exposed to potential Covid-19 cases.
The pharmacy where Suleman Daya works in Clarkston, GA has remained open seven days a week throughout the pandemic, though with fewer staff members than usual. Despite the difficulties this has caused, Suleman continues to learn and find new ways to serve the population of Clarkston, including introducing a delivery service.
Sana Amir Ali Vadsarya moved from the UAE to the UK for an opportunity to advance her nursing career just before the pandemic started. All of the training and programmes that had been planned for her before starting her new job were cancelled, and Sana began working on the frontline immediately, in a new city that was suddenly under lockdown.
Shamim Semmy has provided care for numerous coronavirus patients and though it is difficult to enforce strict isolation protocols, she has persevered and taken it in stride.
Dr Rano Amirbekova has dreamt of becoming a doctor since the age of seven, a dream that only grew more passionate when her grandmother passed away. At the age of 25, she is at the forefront of the fight against Covid-19 in Moscow, Russia.
When the pandemic started, Dr Tasneem Yamani-Nurani’s home-based practice saw an increase in demand, which she worked hard to meet because home-based care can lead to a reduction in unnecessary hospital visits, improved monitoring and follow up of medical conditions, and prompt actions that prevent admissions to hospital in critical situations as much as possible.