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International Year of the Nurse and Midwife
WHO calls for 9 million new nurses in next decade
2020 isn’t just the Year of the Nurse — the World Health Organization (WHO) has also declared this the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.
The World Health Organization is a big fan of nurses and midwives, and says the world needs more of them — a lot more. In fact, the target for WHO’s Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030 initiative is 32.3 million nurses and midwives worldwide by decade’s end, about 9 million more than the current total.
In addition to encouraging member nations to add almost 900,000 more nurses and midwives each year for the next decade, WHO’s strategic goals include promoting substantial investments in nurse- and midwife-led health services, nurse leadership and nurse specialists as well as expanding the role of nurses and midwives in primary care, community health and health promotion.