International Nurses Day, 12 May 2015
12 May is International Nurses Day, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. The theme for 2015 is “Nurses : A Force for Change : Care Effective, Cost Effective". 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.
On 5 May, the International Day of the Midwife, WHO recognizes that the world needs midwives now more than ever. Evidence indicates that involvement of competent midwives, nurse-midwives or skilled birth attendants in the care of pregnant women is the most cost-effective way for the reduction of maternal and newborn deaths.
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.