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World Health Organization (WHO) designated the year 2020 as “Year of Nurse and Midwife”

Posted on : 07 Jan 2020

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  • This New Year is significant for World Health as the World Health Organization (WHO) designated the year 2020 as the ‘Year of the Nurse and the Midwife’ in honour of the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale.
  • World Health Organization (WHO) is the collaborating partner in the three-year ’Nursing Now!’ Campaign (2018–2020).
  • This campaign aims to improve health globally by raising the status and profile of nursing, demonstrating what more can be achieved by a strengthened nursing profession, and enabling nurses to maximise their contribution to achieving Universal Health Coverage.
  • The first ever international year of the nurse and midwife will be held in 2020, it has been confirmed, providing a “once in a generation opportunity” to showcase the professions.
  • WHO is leading the development of the first-ever State of the World’s Nursing Report, which will be launched in 2020. This report will describe the nursing workforce in WHO Member States providing an assessment of ‘fitness for purpose.’
  • Nurses and midwives play a vital role in providing health services and are key contributors to the achievement of Universal Health Coverage.
  • It is very essential to acknowledge, appreciate and address their contribution in challenging global health and nursing care. WHO have designated 43 academic centres as Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery.

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