At a time like this, we really begin to understand and appreciate the plight of healthcare workers. They’re our frontline defence in crises like this global pandemic we’re all facing. With World Health Day on 7th April, the World Health Organisation (WHO) are using this opportunity to celebrate and support the work of nurses and midwives around the world.

COVID-19 and health workers

As WHO noted, “Nurses and other health workers are at the forefront of COVID-19 response – providing high-quality, respectful treatment and care, leading community dialogue to address fears and questions and, in some instances, collecting data for clinical studies. Quite simply, without nurses, there would be no response.”

Nurses and midwives are the personalised touch to medicine. Doctors, as vital are they are, are there to be clinical – to apply their medical knowledge and skills to ensuring patients health and wellbeing. Nurses do all the dirty work – from assisting doctors to providing care in their absence.

The WHO are calling for everyone’s support on World Health Day to ensure that the nursing and midwifery workforces are strong enough to provide healthcare to everyone everywhere. So in celebration of these hard-working people are the forefront of everyone’s health and wellbeing, we’ve compiled some interesting statistics about nurses and midwives and translated them into infographics.

world health day, World Health Day 2020: Support our Nurses and Midwives Australian Nurses and Midwives, December 2019
Source: Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency

world health day, World Health Day 2020: Support our Nurses and Midwives US National Nursing Engagement Report 2019
Source: Nurse.org

world health day, World Health Day 2020: Support our Nurses and Midwives US National Nursing Engagement Report 2019
Source: Nurse.org

world health day, World Health Day 2020: Support our Nurses and Midwives Healthcare full-time equivalent (FTE) shortages 2019
Source: The Health Foundation (UK)

This World Health Day, let’s show our appreciation and support for those who keep us safe, particularly at the time of health scares and global crises. To all you nurses, midwives, doctors, paramedics, and another healthcare professional – Thank You. Your work is vital and very much appreciated, especially at this time of great uncertainty and fear. For more holiday-based insights, check out our Cinco de Mayo and Star Wars piece. 

As a small gesture of appreciation and inspiration, download our collection of quotes from powerful women

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