Watch: Building the Bridge | Nurses and Midwives Protect Essential Health Services During COVID-19

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On the occasion of the first virtual UN General Assembly, Seed Global Health, in collaboration with the Nurses Lead | Midwives Lead campaign partners, hosted a side event titled Building the Bridge | Nurses and Midwives Protect Essential Health Services During COVID-19. 

Our panelists shared insights on the critical role of nurses and midwives, investments needed, strategies for retaining them in their professions, and the impact of their leadership on health systems.

Key Takeaways

  • Health is a political choice. Governments need to invest in and engage nurses and midwives in order to address the 21st century health challenges we face.
  • We will not reach Universal Health Coverage without the proper education and training of more nurses and midwives. Investing in nurses and midwives means investing in the future of healthcare.
  • We must create an enabling environment for nurses and midwives to practice. This includes improved salaries, decent working conditions, equipped facilities, secure housing, safe transportation, and a comprehensive retirement benefits package.
  • Nurses and midwives should have access to continuous professional development, mentorship, training, and research opportunities.
  • Nurses and midwives must be placed in leadership positions where they are supported, can influence policy, and will ensure resources are taken to communities where they are needed the most.
  • Education and employment of nurses and midwives is critical to the resilience of health systems.

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