Answer: A year-long effort during 2020 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.
Question: Why is 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife?
Answer: In May last year the World Health Organization confirmed that 2020 would be dedicated nurses and midwives, providing a “once in a generation opportunity” to showcase the professions. It chose the theme to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale.
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale on 12 May 1820. As well as her work during the Crimean War, the nursing pioneer campaigned for healthcare improvements, especially on infection control. In 1859, she published ‘Notes on Nursing’.
Question: What are the aims of the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife?
Answer: The WHO wants to raise the status and profile of nurses and midwives, and to highlight that the world needs nine million more nurses and midwives if it is to achieve universal health coverage by 2030 and, therefore, to encourage global government investment in the two professions.
Question: What the key organisations partnering on the event?
Answer: World Health Organization, International Confederation of Midwives, International Council of Nurses, Nursing Now and the United Nations Population Fund.
Question: How can you get involved?
Answer: The WHO has pulled together a toolkit, describing the next 12 months as a unique opportunity to get involved and demonstrate broad public and political support for more health workers.
State of the World reports
The WHO first State of the World’s Nursing report will be published in April. It will provide an overview of each nation’s nursing workforce, including number and type of nurses, education, regulation, practice, leadership and gender issues. It will also describe how the nursing workforce will help deliver the WHO’s aims on universal health coverage and sustainable development. The State of the World’s Midwifery 2020 will report on progress and challenges to deliver effective coverage and quality midwifery services. It will be the third such report, following 2011 and 2014.
SOURCE:https://www.nursingtimes.net/news/2020- ... 7-01-2020/