On this twelfth of May – International Nurses’ Day – WHO joins the International Council of Nurses (ICN), nurses associations in 130 countries and nurses globally to celebrate the achievements of nurses in promoting health of people throughout the life-course. The 2014 theme “Nurses: a force for change – a vital resource for health” recognizes the changing role of nurses as a key player in health.
The fifth of May is International Day of the Midwife. On this day, WHO joins with the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), governments, UN agencies and partners in celebrating the work of midwives that saves the lives of mothers and babies globally. Adequate, competent and motivated midwives are key components of health systems and achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5 – reduction of child mortality and improving maternal health.
International Nurses Day, 12 May 2013
12 May is International Nurses Day, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. The theme for 2013 is “Closing the Gap: Millennium Development Goals 8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1”. WHO joins the International Council of Nurses (ICN), nursing organizations and nurses around the globe to celebrate this important day and commend the good work that nurses contribute to the health of people.
International Day of the Midwife, 5 May 2013
5 May is International Day of the Midwife. This year’s theme will continue to be The World Needs Midwives Now More than Ever. This overarching theme and the subtheme that ‘Midwives Save Lives’ is increasingly relevant as the 2015 deadline for realizing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) draws ever closer.