To mark the 200thbirth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, World Health Organization has designated the year 2020 as “International Year for Nurse and Midwife” and is calling for us “to celebrate the work of nurses and midwives and remind the world leaders of the critical role they play in keeping the world healthy, on World Health Day, this April 7th.
- In India, the number of health workers reported in 2001 were 20,69,540 out of which 6,30,406 are nurses and midwives.
- “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 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.”
- “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.”
- “COVID-19 highlights how important it is for all nurses to have access to the most up-to-date knowledge and guidance required to respond to such outbreaks. It also underscores the critical (and often unmet need) for protective equipment so they can safely provide care and reduce the rate of infection in health settings.”
- “Five key investment areas to boost nurses and midwives worldwide:
- Anand, Sudhir, and Victoria Fan. The Health Workforce in India: Human Resources for Health Observer Series No. 16. 2016, www.who.int/hrh/resources/16058health_workforce_India.pdf.