World Health Day – Supporting Nurses and Midwives

World Health Day – Supporting Nurses and Midwives

April 7 of each year marks the celebration of World Health Day. From its inception at the First Health Assembly in 1948 and since taking effect in 1950, the celebration has aimed to create awareness of a specific health theme to highlight a priority area of concern for the World Health Organization.

World Health Day 2020 will shine a light on the vital role played by nurses and midwives in providing health care around the world, and call for a strengthening of the nursing and midwifery workforce. With many events being held around the world to mark the occasion, one of the most important events will be the launch of the first ever ‘State of the World’s Nursing Report 2020’. 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 goals for the day include:

  • Trigger a wave of public appreciation for the work of nurses and midwives and the part they play in delivering health care
  • Raise the profile of nurses and midwives within the health workforce
  • Catalyse support and investment in nurses and midwives

You can participate by showing nurses and midwives an appreciation for their work and thank them for what they do to keep us healthy. You can also call on local leaders to do more to support nurses and midwives and make investments that enable them to work to their full potential.