Nursing and midwifery

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.


Dr Prakin Suchaxaya
Gender, Equity and Human Rights
World Health Organization
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