What is World Health Day about?

World Health Day is usually commemorated on 7 April. The day to celebrate the work of nurses and midwives and remind world leaders of the critical role they play in keeping the world healthy. 

Nurses and other health workers are at the forefront of COVID-19 response – providing high quality, respectful treatment and care, leading community dialogue to address fears and questions and, in some instances,  collecting data for clinical studies. Quite simply, without nurses, there would be no response.

In this International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, World Health Day highlight the current status of nursing and around the world. WHO and its partners make a series of recommendations to strengthen of the nursing and midwifery workforce.

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This will be vital if the world is to achieve national and global targets related to universal health coverage, maternal and child health, infectious and non-communicable diseases including mental health, emergency preparedness and response, patient safety and the delivery of integrated, people-centered care, amongst others.

WHO is calling for everyone’s support on World Health Day to ensure that the nursing and midwifery workforces are strong enough to ensure that everyone, everywhere gets the healthcare they need.

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