2020 Has Been Declared the Year of the Nurse and Midwife

Flanagan Ward’s Care Coordinator and Sub-Acute Care Manager Suzanne McArthur – one of many highly skilled and passionate nurses at BRHS. Photo: Jake Lynch/BRHS


In 2020, we are celebrating the world’s 22 million nurses and 2 million midwives who make up half of the global health workforce – providing vital health care everywhere, as they have been doing for centuries.

Nurses and midwives are the beating heart of our health system.

Nurses and midwives play a key role in caring for people everywhere, including in the most difficult humanitarian, fragile and conflict-affected settings.

But the world needs 18 million more health workers to achieve and sustain universal health coverage by 2030.

Approximately half of that shortfall – 9 million health workers – are nurses and midwives.

The World Health Organisation and partners including, the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), International Council of Nurses (ICN), Nursing Now and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) have declared 2020 the Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

This year-long effort will celebrate the work of nurses and midwives, highlight the challenging conditions they often face, and advocate for increased investments in the nursing and midwifery workforce.

Stay tuned for more information on what BRHS is doing to celebrate the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, and learn more about the WHO’s campaign at www.who.int/campaigns/year-of-the-nurse-and-the-midwife-2020