Globally, 70% of the Health and Social Workforce Are Women: Respect, Appreciate and Support Them – World Health Day


By World Health Organization*

What is World Health Day 2020 about?

7 April 2020 is the day to celebrate the work of nurses and midwives and remind world leaders of the critical role they play in keeping the world healthy. Nurses and other health workers are at the forefront of COVID-19 response – providing high quality, respectful treatment and care, leading community dialogue to address fears and questions and, in some instances,  collecting data for clinical studies. Quite simply, without nurses, there would be no response.

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In this International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, World Health Day 2020 will highlight the current status of nursing and around the world. WHO and its partners will make a series of recommendations to strengthen of the nursing and midwifery workforce.

This will be vital if we are to achieve national and global targets related to universal health coverage, maternal and child health, infectious and non-communicable diseases including mental health, emergency preparedness and response, patient safety and the delivery of integrated, people-centered care, amongst others.

We are calling for your support on World Health Day to ensure that the nursing and midwifery workforces are strong enough to ensure that everyone, everywhere gets the healthcare they need.

The tagline for World Health Day is: Support nurses and midwives.

International Council of Nurses

 *SOURCE: World Health Organization. Go to ORIGINAL.

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Key facts on World Health Day 2020**

    • Globally, 70% of the health and social workforce are women. Nurses and midwives represent a large portion of this
    • Nurses and midwives play a key role in caring for people everywhere, including in times of outbreaks and settings that are fragile or in conflict.
    • Achieving health for all will depend on there being sufficient numbers of well-trained and educated, regulated and adequately supported nurses and midwives, who receive pay and recognition commensurate with the services and quality of care that they provide.
    • Nurses and midwives have a relationship with their patients that is based on trust; knowing the full picture of someone’s health helps improve care and saves money. They also know the traditions, cultures and practices of their communities, making them indispensable during an outbreak or emergency.
    • Investing more in midwives, who are critical for maternal and newborn health as well as for family planning, could avert over 80% of all the maternal deaths, stillbirths and neonatal deaths that occur today. And when a midwife or group of midwives provides care from pregnancy to the end of the postnatal period, almost a quarter of pre-term births can be prevented.
    • Many countries need to do more to ensure that nurses and midwives can work in an environment where they are safe from harm, respected by medical colleagues and community members, and where their work is integrated with other health-care professionals.
  • Five key investment areas:
  1. Accelerate investments in nursing and midwifery education
  2. Employ more specialist nurses
  3. Invest in the leadership skills of nurses and midwives.
  4. Make midwives and nurses the heart of primary health care
  5. Support nurses and midwives in delivering health promotion and disease prevention.

More key facts on nursing and midwifery can be accessed here.

 

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