Christine Mawia Sammy

Christine Mawia Sammy is a Kenyan nurse with 27 years of experience.

She currently works at Kitui County Referral Hospital and has played a pivotal role in improving newborn survival rates in the neonatal department. 

Christine is credited with transforming a nursery room into an independent newborn unit at the Kitui County Referral Hospital. 

Because of her efforts, newborn fatality rates have reduced from 50 per cent to under 10 per cent within a year. 

The nurse has also coordinated sensitisation on newborn healthcare by physically moving across all eight sub-counties in Kitui sharing best practices with her constituents. 

In 2023, she was among ten finalists for the 2023 Aster Guardians Global Nursing Award -  an international award that recognizes the efforts of nurses who have made exceptional contributions to their field. 

Two years prior, she was awarded by former First Lady Margaret Kenyatta for Nurse-led Initiative of the Year. She was also recognised by former President Uhuru Kenyatta as a trailblazer in reproductive health.