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WHO roadmap to strengthen nursing and midwifery

WHO Europe has launched a new roadmap to support countries in the WHO European Region in strengthening the nursing and midwifery professions, emphasising the importance of placing nurses and midwives on the political agenda.

As governments continue to rebuild their health systems, including their health workforces, following the COVID-19 pandemic, the roadmap states that ensuring that nurses and midwives are included will be essential. Nurses and midwives account for the largest single group of health professionals and are responsible for 90% of contacts between patients and health professionals.

The new Roadmap to guide implementation of the Global Strategic Directions for Nursing and Midwifery in the WHO European Region was conceived and developed in close collaboration with nursing and midwifery stakeholders. These include WHO collaborating centres for nursing and midwifery, the European Forum of National Nursing and Midwifery Associations, and government chief nursing and midwifery officers.