International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife

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.

Additional Information:

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.