Professor Barbara Ann Parfitt CBE
Professor Barbara Ann Parfitt CBE is Director of Global Health at Glasgow Caledonian University and Founding Principal of Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing in Bangladesh. Professor Parfitt qualified as a nurse and then a midwife in the 1960’s. In the 1970’s she worked in the rural mountains of Afghanistan and Bhutan as a community nurse midwife. In the 1980’s she taught as a lecturer at Manchester University and undertook her Phd. In 1991 she was appointed as Head of Department of Advanced Nursing at the North East Wales Institute. In 1995 she moved to Glasgow Caledonian University as Professor and Dean of the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Community Health.
She was also the Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Midwifery and Secretary General of the Global Network of Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery. Her interests focus on international PHC development and she has completed projects in the Middle East, South Africa and Central Asia. She stepped down as Dean of Nursing in 2008 to take up the role of Director of Global Health development and is currently the founding Principal of the Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing in Bangladesh. She was recently awarded a CBE for her work in international health and nursing.
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