International Year of the Nurse and Midwife

International Year of the Nurse and Midwife
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Nurse Jamaica

Opportunity to strengthen the role of human resources for primary health care

The Region of the Americas has around 9 million nursing professionals; of these, 4.500.000 are licensed nurses. The nursing and midwifery workforce represent nearly 50 percent of the health workforce, and nurses and midwives are critical to providing Primary Health Care.

The greatest challenges are to adopt effective policies at the national and regional levels that include adequate investment to overcome human resource shortages, the expansion the role of nurses, regulation, and improvement of working conditions. 

The Strategy on Human Resources for Universal Access to Health and Universal Health Coverage serves as a framework and guide for policy discussions and provides relevant recommendations.

Visit the 2020: Year of the Nurse and Midwife webpage