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WOMEN IN GLOBAL HEALTH

2020 marks the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife [1], the designation of 2020 coincides with the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, one of the founders of modern nursing.

[1] Announced at the 72nd World Health Assembly, May 2019, in Geneva.

For the first time in history, the nations of the world will unite in celebration of the benefits that nursing and midwifery bring to the health of the global population.

Every country needs a competent, motivated, well-distributed and supported health workforce.

 

Nurses and midwives can transform the ways health actions are organized and how health care is delivered. They are the backbone of primary health care systems and are essential to achieve universal health coverage.

Nurses and midwives constitute

more than

50%

of the health workforce in many countries

Nurses and midwives will also comprise

more than

50%

of the shortfall in the global health workforce to 2030

Per the WHO, the world needs

9 million

more nurses and midwives if it is to achieve universal health coverage by 2030

There is an expected shortage of

40 million

health workers in 2030

Women in Global Health supports global partners, including WHO, the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), International Council of Nurses (ICN), Nursing Now and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and many more including the Gender Equity Hub in the Global Health Workforce Network (GWHN)  for a year-long effort 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.

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Include Nurses and Midwives in Strategic Decision Making

Enable Female Nurses and Midwives to Lead

Support Diversity in Nursing and Midwifery

End Sexual Harassment, Violence and Bullying of Nurses and Midwives

Pay Nurses and Midwives Fairly

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