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Year of the Nurse and the Midwife 2020

Nurses and midwives play a vital role in providing health services. These are the people who 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. They are often, the first and only point of care in their communities. The world needs 9 million more nurses and midwives if it is to achieve universal health coverage by 2030.

That’s why the World Health Assembly has designated 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

66顺彩票appJoin WHO and partners including, the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), International Council of Nurses (ICN), Nursing Now and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in 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.


Watch the interview on or about the vital role nurses & midwives play in providing health services.

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Join us in celebrating nurses and midwives!

“Nurses and midwives are the backbone of every health system: in 2020 we’re calling on all countries to invest in nurses and midwives as part of their commitment to health for all.”

- Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General

66顺彩票app"We all have things to be thankful for. I’m thankful for the midwives we had when our children were born."

- Alisson Becker and Natália Loewe Becker, WHO Goodwill Ambassadors

66顺彩票app"I’m thankful that nurses and midwives are helping make progress towards health for all throughout the world."

- Elizabeth Iro, WHO Chief Nursing Officer


Facts and figures


66顺彩票appNurses and midwives provide a broad range of essential health services close to the community and in all levels of health facility.


The world needs 18 million more health workers to achieve and sustain universal health coverage by 2030. Approximately half of that shortfall – 9 million health workers – are nurses and midwives.


66顺彩票appGlobally, 70% of the health and social workforce are women. Nurses and midwives represent a large portion of this.


66顺彩票appMidwifery, where care includes proven interventions for maternal and newborn health as well as for family planning could avert over 80% of all maternal deaths, stillbirths and neonatal deaths.

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