One of the main events of year 2020 World Health Day will be the launch of the first ever “State of the World’s Nursing Report 2020”.
This year’s World Health Day is titled: “Support Nurses and Midwives,” and it will be commemorated on 7th April, 2020.
Elaborating on the concern to pay attention to the nursing and midwifery profession, World Health Organization (WHO) said: “In this International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, World Health Day 2020 will shine a light on the vital role played by nurses and midwives in providing healthcare around the world, and call for a strengthening of the nursing and midwifery workforce. “On 7 April, ‘dawn to dusk’ advocacy events will be held around the world to mark World Health Day. One of the main events will be the launch of the first ever State of the World’s Nursing Report 2020.”
According to WHO, the report will provide a global picture of the nursing workforce and support evidence-based planning to optimize the contributions of this workforce to improve health and wellbeing for all. The report will also set the agenda for data collection, policy dialogue, research and advocacy, and investment in the health workforce for generations to come. A similar report on the Midwifery workforce will be launched in 2021, WHO disclosed.
The goals of the report are to trigger a wave of public appreciation for the work of nurses and midwives and the part they play in delivering healthcare.
WHO hopes the reports will raise the profile of nurses and midwives within the health workforce, as well as catalyze support and investment in nurses and midwives.
The purpose of these measures is to call the general public to action.
As WHO stated in a Press release, nurses and midwives provide essential health services all through people’s lives, and, therefore, deserve to be shown appreciation and thank them for what they do.
“Nurses and midwives often work in challenging circumstances: undervalued, under-resourced, overworked. “Let’s remind our leaders to support them and make investments that enable them to work to their full potential.
“Talk to your local nurse and midwife about getting the information and support you need to take care of your own health and the health of your family,” the international authority on public health emphasized.