7 April 2020 is the day to celebrate the work of nurses and midwives and remind world leaders of the critical role they play in keeping the world healthy.
Nurses and other health workers are at the forefront of COVID-19 response – providing high quality, respectful treatment, and care, leading community dialogue to address fears and questions and, in some instances, collecting data for clinical studies. Quite simply, without nurses, there would be no response.
- Of the 43.5 million health workers in the world, it is estimated that 20.7 million are nurses and midwives.
- WHO estimates that the world will need an additional 9 million nurses and midwives by the year 2030.
- 70% of the health and social workforce are women compared to 41% in all employment sectors. Nursing and midwifery occupations represent a significant share of the female workforce.
- Nurses and midwives account for nearly 50% of the global health workforce.
- The first record of nurses dates the back to 300 A.D. in the Roman Empire.
- The first nursing school was established in India in 250 B.C.
- On average, nurses walk 6-8 kilometers during a 12-hour shift.
Please find below some posters of today’s campaign by the World Health Organisation.