World Health Assembly has designated 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife
Dr KK Aggarwal
President CMAAO, HCFI and Past National President IMA
The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated 2020 as the “Year of the Nurse and Midwife”, in honour of the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale.
The year 2020 is significant for WHO in the context of nursing and midwifery strengthening for Universal Health Coverage. WHO is leading the development of the first-ever State of the World’s Nursing report which will be launched in 2020, prior to the 73rd World Health Assembly.
The year 2020 will be a a major global effort to highlight an acute shortage of these crucial health workers.
The world needs 9 million more nurses and midwives if it is to achieve universal health coverage by 2030.
Nurses are often the first, and only, point of care in their communities.
Nurses and midwives devote their lives to caring for mothers and children; giving lifesaving immunizations and health advice; looking after older people and generally meeting everyday essential health needs.