05 February 2020
2020: the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife
"Nurses and midwives play a vital role in providing health services. These are the people who devote their lives to caring for mothers and children; giving lifesaving immunizations and health advice; looking after older people and generally meeting everyday essential health needs. They are often, the first and only point of care in their communities. The world needs 9 million more nurses and midwives if it is to achieve universal health coverage by 2030. That's why the World Health Assembly has designated 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife" World Health Organization
Due to our commitment within the field of global health, we are happy to support and spread the campaign promoted by the World Health Organization for the year 2020: the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.
This is an important year not only to celebrate the fundamental work carried out by those health care professionals, but also to reflect on the issue of health worker shortages. As the WHO claims "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 most acute shortages of nurses and midwives are in South East Asia and Africa".
This campaign touches the heart of the Chiesi Foundation's projects, especially the NEST - Neonatal Essential Survival Technologies - one where neonatal nurses and midwives play a key role in improving the quality of neonatal care in countries with limited resources, with specific attention to premature, sick, unwell and small for gestational age babies.
It is hard to imagine our projects without them, without those who, every day, are on the ground taking care of the smallest and most vulnerable neonates. We are working together, sharing the same mission and facing the challenges that are characterized by those settings, and trying to provide the tools to achieve our common goal: deliver quality care. Furthermore, it is and especially important campaign given the work that the Chiesi Foundation is carrying out for the recognition of the role of neonatal nurses.
We hope 2020 won't only be a year of recognition, but also a year of inspiration for all the young girls and boys that are going to choose their professional paths within the health field.