Global nursing campaign launched; Uganda to host Africa launch
A new global campaign aimed at raising the profile and status of nursing has been launched, as this cadre is increasingly seen as the foundation of health teams, playing a crucial role in health promotion, disease prevention, treatment and care.
The three-year campaign which puts nurses at the heart of countries’ efforts to provide health for all is being run as a programme of the Burdett Trust for Nursing, in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
“Health workers are the DNA of health systems. They are a Ministry of Health’s biggest asset. Nurses and midwives represent the largest share of health workers and provide care for our families and our communities when we need them most. WHO is delighted to collaborate on the campaign to support nurses and midwives around the world in assisting their countries to achieve Universal Health Coverage,” a launch statement quotes Elizabeth Iro, WHO’s Chief Nursing Officer.
The WHO estimates that nurses and midwives represent nearly one-half of the total number of health workers around the world. However, for all countries to reach Sustainable Development Goal 3 of health and well-being for all at all ages, WHO estimates that the world will need an additional 9 million nurses and midwives by 2030. Details here.
Meanwhile, Uganda will on March 22 host Nursing Now’s Africa launch. Set to unveil Uganda’s road map for activity, the event will feature updates by representatives from Zimbabwe, Rwanda and Kenya. Details here.
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