Former chief of party, Namibia
Nurses and midwives are critical to expanding primary health care and achieving universal health coverage. For 40 years, IntraHealth has worked with government and local partners to plan, develop, manage, and support nursing workforces worldwide.
In partnership with Nursing Now, a three-year global campaign (2017-2020) to raise the status and profile of nursing, IntraHealth and Johnson & Johnson produced Investing in the Power of Nurse Leadership: What Will It Take?, a report that investigates gender-related barriers to nurse leadership and makes recommendations for policymakers and implementers at the global, national, and institutional levels to promote nursing leadership and gender equality in the global nursing workforce.
Women comprise up to 95% of nurses in some countries. But they often hold only 25% of leadership positions.
Nurses and midwives make up over 50% of the health workforce in many of the countries where we work—yet they're often not allowed to work to their full of their potential, lack resources and support, or are underpaid. That’s why we’re thrilled the World Health Organization has designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife in an effort to raise the profile of nursing and midwifery, acknowledge that we can't achieve universal health coverage without greater investment in these health workers, and galvanize the political will to create change.
In partnership with Seed Global Health, Frontline Health Workers Coalition, Partners in Health, and Nursing Now, IntraHealth will highlight nurses' and midwives' contributions and advocate for greater investment in them through a special year-long campaign. Join the conversation: #NursesLead #MidwivesLead.
Senior advisor for health sector performance and sustainability, IntraHealth International