News: The WHO has designated as the “Year of the Nurse and midwife”, in honour of the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale.
- The year of the Nurse and midwife highlights the importance of nurses and midwives in achieving universal health coverage.
- The celebrations also advocate for increased investments in the nursing and midwifery workforce.
Universal Health Coverage (UHC): It is defined as ensuring that all people have access to needed health services of sufficient quality without suffering financial hardship.
UHC and Sustainable Development Goal: SDG 3.8 calls for achieving universal health coverage.
Nursing Now! Campaign:
- It is a three-year global campaign (2018-2020) to improve health globally by raising the status of nursing.
- WHO runs the campaign in collaboration with International Council of Nurses.
- It is based on the Triple-Impact Report (2016) which states how developing nursing will improve health (SDG 3), promote gender equality (SDG 5) and support economic growth (SDG 8).
Florence Nightingale: She was an English social reformer and is regarded as the founder of modern nursing.