All you need to know about 2020: Year of the Nurse and Midwife

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All you need to know about 2020: Year of the Nurse and Midwife

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Question: What is the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife?

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.

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/
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What people say about the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife


“Without nurses and midwives, we will not achieve sustainable development goals or universal health coverage”
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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general, World Health Organization

“The 20 million nurses around the world will be thrilled to see their profession recognised in this way”
-Annette Kennedy, president, International Council of Nurses


“Investing in nursing and midwifery will make an enormous contribution to the rapid, cost-effective and high quality scaling up of universal healthcare”
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Nigel Crisp, co-chair, Nursing Now


“This is the chance to highlight our vast and varied skills and the work we do”

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Ruth May, chief nursing officer for England


“2020 is a time for us to say thank you. Enjoy the celebrations – you’ve earned them”
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Andrea Sutcliffe, chief executive and registrar, Nursing and Midwifery Council

“The Year of the Midwife is a celebration of the contribution that midwives make to the lives of families”
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Gill Walton, chief executive, Royal College of Midwives
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