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2020 as Year of the Nurse and Midwife: WHO

  • 02 Jan 2020
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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has designated the year 2020 as the “Year of the Nurse and midwife”, in honour of the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale.

  • The declaration of “Year of the Nurse and midwife” will help to strengthen nursing and midwifery for Universal Health Coverage.
    • Strengthening nursing will help to achieve Sustainable Development Goals, in particular the (SDG) 3 - ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages, SDG 5-promoting gender equity and SDG 8- contributing to economic development.
    • Nurses and midwives constitute more than 50% of the health workforce in many countries.
  • The declaration will also help to endorse “The NursingNow!” a three-year campaign (2018-2020) to improve health globally by raising the status of nursing.
  • Moreover, WHO is also leading the development of the first-ever State of the World’s Nursing report which will be launched in 2020.

Florence Nightingale

  • Florence Nightingale was a British nurse, statistician, and social reformer who is also considered as a foundational philosopher of modern nursing.
  • She was born in Florence, Italy, on May 12, 1820. The year 2020 marks a bicentenary year of her birth.
  • During the Crimean War, she and a team of nurses improved the unsanitary conditions at a British base hospital, greatly reducing the death count. Her writings sparked worldwide health care reform.
  • She was known for her night rounds to aid the wounded, establishing her image as the 'Lady with the Lamp’.
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