Nurses

News in Brief 7 April 2020

  • Personal message from UN chief applauds health professionals putting lives on line
  • Nurses’ vulnerabilities made worse in fight against COVID-19
  • ‘Say no to hate speech and xenophobia’, urges UN chief marking 26 years since genocide in Rwanda
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COVID-19 highlights nurses’ vulnerability as backbone to health services worldwide

Nurses are on the frontline fighting COVID-19 but “an alarming failure” in the global supply of protective clothing and new coronavirus tests – together with “unprecedented” overwork linked to global staff shortages - have highlighted how vulnerable they are, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. The development coincides with an impassioned personal message from UN Secretary-General António Guterres to the world’s medical professionals for World Health Day, marked on Tuesday 7 April.

Year of the Nurse and the Midwife highlights ‘backbone’ of health systems

The world will need an additional nine million nurses and midwives to achieve the commitment of providing all people with access to health care by 2030, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.