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Strengthening Nursing and Midwifery Workforce

Government Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers

The WHO Forum for Government Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers which was convened on 14-15 May 2014, addressed the role of nursing and midwifery leaders in universal health care (UHC). There were over 50 countries represented in this meeting. At the conclusion of the Forum, the nursing and midwifery leaders developed a statement summarizing key issues for the way forward. Read the statement here. Frances Day-Stirk, ICM President, was a panel speaker at this event.

Credentialing and Regulators Forum

The fourth joint Credentialing and Regulators Forum was convened on 14-15 May 2014. Co-hosted by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), the Forum included participants from 22 countries as well as representatives of ICN and ICM. Main topics discussed were: the role of regulation and credentialing in addressing universal health coverage (UHC). Before considering the main topics of the forum, an environmental scan - summarizing issues from the various countries, was carried out. In addition, ICN and ICM reported on progress and work related to credentialing and regulation since the last forum in 2012.

ICN Consultant Jean Barry opened the forum followed by Frances Ganges, Chief Executive, ICM and Peter Pozun, Board Member, ICN giving opening remarks from the two organisations. Mervi Jokinen, president of the European Midwives Association, chaired a session debating the issue of entry to practice exams.

Fifth Triad Meeting

Government chief nursing and midwifery officers, representatives of national nursing and midwifery associations, and nursing and midwifery regulatory bodies from more than 60 countries are meeting in Geneva on 16-17 May 2014, together with the International Confederation of Midwives, the International Council of Nurses, and the World Health Organization. The purpose of the meeting is to address issues critical to the development of the nursing and midwifery professions, the provision of safe, quality nursing and midwifery care, and the effective regulation of these professions. The focus of the Triad meeting on this occasion is strengthening the nursing and midwifery workforce to support universal health coverage (UHC) as a means to achieve health goals. 

Each session had presentations from three speakers followed by questions and discussion. The participants also heard presentations from Her Royal Highness Princess Muna al-Hussein, who founded the Princess Muna College of Nursing, Allied Health Professions in Jordan and Akiko Maeda from the World Bank. Representatives from the partner organisations provided updates on progress since the last Triad meeting in 2012.

Finally, the participants agreed a communiqué to be released at the end of the meeting. The ICM was well represented with Frances Day-Stirk (President) and Frances Ganges (Chief Executive) actively involved, together with their colleagues in the ICN and the WHO. Petra ten Hoope-Bender and Ingela Wiklund were among the presenters and the reporter chaired one of the sessions. The goal of universal health coverage is to ensure that people obtain the health services they need without experiencing financial hardship when paying for them. One of the key elements in achieving UHC is having sufficient well educated and motivated health care workers. It is, therefore, fitting that the WHO and the two main organisations representing midwives and nurses collaborate on such a cause. Read the Triad Communiqué in English, French, and Spanish

Frances Ganges and Frances Day-Stirk with her Royal Highness Princess Muna Al Hussein

Frances Ganges and Frances Day-Stirk with her Royal Highness Princess Muna Al Hussein

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