Meeting of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery and Human Resources for Health

The annual Meeting of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery and Human Resources for Health took place in the UN City, Copenhagen on Tuesday, 5th February 2019.

The year 2020 will be significant for WHO in the context of nursing and midwifery strengthening for Universal Health Coverage:

  • The year 2020 has been proposed to be designated  as the “Year of the Nurse and midwife”, in honor of the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale. This proposal is, yet, to be approved and endorced by the Member States of the 72nd World Health Assembly.
  • WHO is leading the development of the first-ever State of the World’s Nursing report which will be launched in 2020. The report will describe the nursing workforce in WHO Member States, providing an assessment of “fitness for purpose” relative to GPW13 targets. WHO is also a partner on The State of the World’s Midwifery 2020 report, which will also be launched around the same time.
  • The NursingNow! Campaign, a three-year effort (2018-2020) to improve health globally by raising the status of nursing will culminate in 2020 by supporting country-level dissemination and policy dialogue around the State of the World’s Nursing report.

The one-day meeting in Copenhagen was to discuss, how WHO CCs might contribute to the evidence base to support upcoming processes and reports. The participants, led by Gabrielle Jacob, explored ways, in which the HRH Programme and WHO CCs can deepen existing engagement and collaboration to maximise the benefits of building and disseminating the evidence base to support Nursing and Midwifery and/or HRH policy-making in the WHO European Region. 

The PMU WHO CC team, Prof. Osterbrink and Dr. Paal, were happy to report that the contribution to the first-ever State of the World’s Nursing report has actively begun in Salzburg. The search for deepened collaboration-strategies and sharing the know-how is ongoing.