On May 24, 2019, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and the Nursing Now Campaign announced the celebration of 2020 as the International Year of Nurses and Midwives during the 72nd World Health Assembly in Geneva
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that: "WHO is proud to propose the year 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. These two health professions are invaluable for the health of people everywhere.
Without nurses and midwives, we will not achieve the Sustainable Development Goals or universal health coverage.”
On that occasion, CIE President Annette Kennedy thanked WHO for her acquiescence and related the celebration to the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, one of the founders of modern nursing.1
This sum of unprecedented initiatives in the world is an opportunity for the work of nurses and midwives to be better known and valued by societies as vital elements for the lives and quality of life of populations. May governments be able to awaken and act to the needs of training, protection and valorization of these professionals.
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