June 15 2020

With the fast-spreading COVID-19 pandemic, the world started giving greater attention to health professionals who work at the frontline of the response. The crisis arrives at a time where more qualified health professionals are desperately needed: according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 9 million more nurses and midwives are needed globally if we want to achieve universal health coverage by 2030. It is to highlight that need, that WHO designated 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

February 21 2020

Nursery and midwifery challenges and the leadership capacity of these disciplines must be strengthened at a national, regional & international level. This was the call from participants at the inaugural Pacific Heads of Nursing & Midwifery Meeting (PHoNM) held from the 11-14th of February in Nadi.

Thirteen Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) attended the PHoNM alongside nursing stakeholders and regional and international partners.

Regional Heads of Nurses Meeting

The PHoN meeting is acknowledgement of the importance of nursing in the Pacific region. It provides an equal platform with the Directors of Clinical Services (DCS) and the Directors of Public Health (DPH) meeting to influence and drive health agendas and policies in the region. The PHoN will provide executive-level oversight for regional nursing functions in the Pacific including a 'policy advisory' and technical role to inform nursing decisions for the region.