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.
Working at a long-term care facility for seniors, Azmina Khimji has been on the front lines with the most at-risk part of the population during the Covid-19 crisis.
It was Samira Kabani, a nurse manager in Karachi, who received one of the first Covid-19 patients at the Aga Khan University Hospital.
Growing up in Hafizabad, Pakistan, Ameen Asif always dreamed of working as a healthcare provider to ease the struggle of his people and to save lives. In 2014, Ameen took a step toward this dream by completing his degree in nursing from the Aga Khan University in Karachi.
Dr Beenish Zulfiqar and her husband Dr Bilawal Ahmed were recently reunited after two years of long-distance marriage — then Covid-19 hit during Dr Zulfiqar’s third trimester of pregnancy. Feeling responsible to her team and her job, Dr Zulfiqar continued working right up until her baby was born in early April.
As medical officer at Kankaria Urban Health Centre in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, Dr Shaolin Merchant tests and traces Covid-19 patients and, based on the results, quarantines them and their contacts as needed.
Naseem Aziz Ali works on the frontline of the Covid-19 pandemic in Dubai by caring for potentially infected patients in her roles as a diabetic case manager nurse and clinic manager.
Shabana Kapadia is a clinical project leader for virtual health programmes at Fraser Health Authority in Vancouver, Canada. As part of the Covid-19 pandemic response, she is leading a clinical project for mobile home health monitoring in an effort to prevent congestion in local hospitals.
Based in Karachi, Pakistan, Zaibunissa Karim has been working in a high-pressure role as assistant head nurse of the post-anesthesia recovery unit at the Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH).
Dr Broimsho Mahmadshoev, born in the family of a farmer in the Shughnan district in Gorno-Badakhshan, Tajikistan, was one of 10 children in his family. As a child, he dreamt of becoming a doctor, inspired by the care and support that doctors provide to vulnerable people.
Dr Manzura Davlatbekova was born in Khorog and grew up in the city of Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Dr Davlatbekova’s parents were teachers but she dreamed of a profession as a medical doctor. Since she was in school, her passion was to help and cure those who were sick.