Story, quote and image republished with appreciative attribution to Gemma Mitchell and Nursing Times.net
“Florence Nightingale used her lamp to illuminate the places where nurses worked, and I hope the designation of 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife will provide us with a new, 20-20 vision of what nursing is in the modern era, and how nurses can light the way to universal health coverage and healthcare for all,”
Annette Kennedy, 2017-2021 President International Council of Nurses (ICN)
For the first time in the history of the World Health Organization (WHO), nurses and midwives are officially being honoured with a Year devoted to us! The above picture was taken during the 2019 72nd World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Switzerland, where the WHO confirmed the 2020 Year of the Nurse & Midwife.
At this WHA, plans were developed — including with the nursing and midwifery leaders shown above — to focus on how better to support the more than 20 million nurses and midwives across the world.
And! We are all being encouraged to participate in advocacy for the global health needs of humanity — including Universal Health Coverage and the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
United Nations SDGs Color Wheel used with official UN Guidelines.