Nurses & Midwives! Now More Than Ever!
A WHO 60th Anniversary Video
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization, this
timely video (below) portrays the vital role of nurses and midwives who are essential to
human health worldwide — now available online in eight languages — Arabic — English — — French — Mandarin — Portuguese — Russian — Spanish and Turkish.
In 2008, photos from 56 nations were chosen from WHO's archives — 1950 to 2008 — by NIGH's International Co-Director Dr. Deva-Marie Beck. Collaborating with then WHO Chief Nursing Officer Dr. Jean Yan, Dr. Beck worked with a taskforce of nursing leaders from across the world to create this video. It
illustrates the devoted and diverse daily work of nurses caring for others to be well and midwives caring for mothers to be well and their babies to be healthy. Spanning more than 60 years, this photo essay moves around the globe to the music of Natalie MacMaster, who gifted her composition — 'Julia's Waltz' — to this project. Andrew Kines was the Video Editor for all versions.
The English and Mandarin versions were both premiered at a WHO Regional Conference convened at Shandong University in Jinan, China and many versions have since been showcased at WHO Regional Offices, WHO Collaborating Centres and other universities across the world — later all were made available online.
All photos are used with attribution to WHO as required. Top still photo is of a Fijian nursing student by WHO photographer M. Murray-Lee Manevey.
UN SDG logo # 3 used with attribution to UN.org Guidelines.