30th January 2019

Geneva, Switzerland –  The Executive Board of the World Health Organization endorsed a call for 2020 to be officially recognised as the ‘Year of the Nurse and Midwife’.

Nursing Now first proposed this last year and are thrilled that Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the WHO, has been such a positive supporter. Speaking at the meeting yesterday, Dr Tedros stressed the importance of nurses in the achievement of Universal Health Coverage.

The proposal was formally put forward at the meeting by a representative from Jamaica, supported by representatives from Australia and Finland.

To make it official, the proposal will need to be confirmed by the World Health Assembly in May. Given the support it has received so far, we are confident it will be formally endorsed.

Commenting on the announcement, Nursing Now co-founder and co-chair Lord Nigel Crisp said, “We warmly welcome the proposal from Dr Tedros and the Executive Board that 2020 be a year of global celebration for nurses and midwives. Nurses are at the heart of most health teams and by enhancing and promoting their role, countries across the world will improve health outcomes for all people.”

Click here to read the joint press release between the International Council of Nurses and Nursing Now.

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