2020 was the Year of the Nurse—a year we highlighted the stories and efforts of caregivers making a lasting impact in their communities. Together with WHO - World Health Organization - we’re celebrating the lasting contributions of nurses and midwives across the country.
Nurses and midwives represent a large number of the selfless heroes found in our healthcare facilities. Beyond expertise and service, they provide something more—a sense of care and compassion that reaches deeper places. Each month, we’ll be sharing stories from nurses who elevate the healthcare experience through exceptional dedication to their patients and their craft.
2020 exemplified the essential role of nurses when it comes to public health, and their critical work going forward. Let’s take a moment to honor the high level of compassion, strength, and dedication nurses around the world continue to provide to their patients on a daily basis.
A closer look at the impact and trajectory of this crucial healthcare segment. *WHO
Nurses 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.
Globally, 70% of the health and social workforce are women. Nurses and midwives represent a large portion of this.
Midwifery, 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.