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ICN remembers the life and contribution to nursing of GNLI scholar, Elie Kasindi Kabululu

9 December 2019


It was with deep regret that ICN learned earlier this year of the passing of GNLI alumni, Elie Kasindi Kabululu.

Elie leaves behind his wife, Yvette, and their four children, Didier, Gloire, Junior and Grace. Elie was a leading figure in both the community and in nursing and was involved in many local NGO projects in Malepe in the Democratic Republic of Congo and will be greatly missed.

We are proud that Elie was an important member of the ICN family, as both a member of the National Order of Nurses in the DRC, and as a graduate of the ICN Global Nursing Leadership Institute (GNLI) programme in 2016.

Elie graduation

During a residential workshop as part of the GNLI programme, Elie came to ICN headquarters in Geneva, where he met with the future CEO of ICN, Howard Catton.

Mr Catton said that Elie made a strong impression on him:

“I was honoured to have met with Elie, and I, like everyone else involved in the GNLI programme, was impressed by his commitment to our profession and his dedication to ensuring that healthcare was available to all, even in the most challenging circumstances. In his memory we must help continue his mission both in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and across the entire continent of Africa, which is often still forgotten.

And of course, above all, our hearts go out to Yvette and the children for their loss. We offer our deepest sympathy and solidarity and will do what we can to help. We hope their pain may be eased by the respect in which Elie was held as both a great man and a nurse.”

Should you wish to contribute to a fund to assist in the education of Elie and Yvette’s children, please contact her here via [email protected] GNLI group