Today (April 7) is designated at World Health Day by the World Health Organization (WHO). It is a 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. Quite simply, without nurses, there would be no response.
“In this International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, World Health Day highlights the current status of nursing around the world. WHO and its partners will make a series of recommendations to strengthen of the nursing and midwifery workforce,” according to the WHO website. “This will be vital if we are to achieve national and global targets related to universal health coverage, maternal and child health, infectious and non-communicable diseases including mental health, emergency preparedness and response, patient safety and the delivery of integrated, people-centered care, amongst others.”
“We are calling for your support on World Health Day to ensure that the nursing and midwifery workforces are strong enough to ensure that everyone, everywhere gets the health care they need,” the website adds.
The tagline for World Health Day is: Support nurses and midwives.
OR Today applauds nurses and invites them to participate in our special Year of the Nurse Contest at ORToday.com/Contest.