WHO: Year of the Nurse and the Midwife 2020

3 January, 2020

HIFA looks forward to supporting the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife 2020! We are currently looking into the possibility of starting a HIFA project on nurses and midwives, with a focus on how better to meet their information needs for training, professional development, and day-to-day practice. There is also scope for looking at how better to meet the information needs of policymakers and managers.

Below is the Campaign description from the WHO website. Read online: https://www.who.int/campaigns/year-of-the-nurse-and-the-midwife-2020

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'Nurses and midwives play a vital role in providing health services. These are the people who devote their lives to caring for mothers and children; giving lifesaving immunizations and health advice; looking after older people and generally meeting everyday essential health needs. They are often, the first and only point of care in their communities. The world needs 9 million more nurses and midwives if it is to achieve universal health coverage by 2030.

That’s why the World Health Assembly has designated 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

Join WHO and partners including, the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), International Council of Nurses (ICN), Nursing Now and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in a year-long effort to celebrate the work of nurses and midwives, highlight the challenging conditions they often face, and advocate for increased investments in the nursing and midwifery workforce.'

“Nurses and midwives are the backbone of every health system: in 2020 we’re calling on all countries to invest in nurses and midwives as part of their commitment to health for all.”

- Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General

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Best wishes, Neil

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HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of the HIFA global health campaign (Healthcare Information For All - www.hifa.org ), a global community with more than 19,000 members in 177 countries, interacting on six global forums in four languages. Twitter: @hifa_org FB: facebook.com/HIFAdotORG neil@hifa.org