7 April 2020 is the day to celebrate the work of nurses and midwives and remind world leaders of the critical role they play in keeping the world healthy. Nurses and other health workers are at the forefront of COVID-19 response - providing high quality, respectful treatment, and care, leading community dialogue to address fears and questions and, in some instances, collecting data for clinical studies.
- Globally, 70% of the health and social workforce are women. Nurses and midwives represent a large portion of this
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Five key investment areas:
- Accelerate investments in nursing and midwifery education
- Employ more specialist nurses
- Invest in the leadership skills of nurses and midwives.
- Make midwives and nurses the heart of primary health care
- Support nurses and midwives in delivering health promotion and disease prevention.