2020: Year of the Nurse and the Midwife

2020: Year of the Nurse and the Midwife

Nurses and midwives play a vital role in providing health services. These are the people who devote their lives to caring for mothers and children; giving lifesaving immunizations and health advice; looking after older people and generally meeting every day essential health needs. They are often the first and only point of care in their communities. The world needs 9 million nurses and midwives if it is to achieve universal health coverage by 2030. That's why the World Health Assembly has designated 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. Click here for more information about this effort to celebrate the work of nurses and midwives, highlight the challenging conditions they often face, and advocate for increased investments in the nursing and midwifery workforce.