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.
- 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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