The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated 2020 as the “Year of the Nurse and Midwife”, in honor of the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale.

Nurses and midwives are an integral part of health care from prevention of diseases to the end of life care. They play a key humanitarian role caring for people afflicted in fragile and conflict-affected areas. Educating nurses and midwives to international standards make economic sense as well. It saves resources by reducing the need for costly and other unnecessary interventions while increasing quality of care and health for all as per WHO reports.

As of now, we have about 22 million nurses and 2 million midwives who make up half of the global healthcare workforce. However, according to the WHO, the world needs 9 million more of us to achieve universal health coverage by 2030.

So, with the sense of oneness in our mind, let us unite for the wellbeing of all.

-Anila