The first Consultation on Nursing and Midwifery Contributions in Emergencies
Geneva - 22 to 24 November 2006
HRH Princess Muna Al Hussein of Jordan, in her capacity as WHO Patron for Nursing and Midwifery, addressed the first Consultation on Nursing and Midwifery Contributions in Emergencies, at the World Health Organization Headquarters on Wednesday 22 November 2006.
The World Health Assembly resolutions of May 2005 and May 2006 (WHA58.1 and WHA59.22) requested WHO to assist Member States in building local and national capacities, including transfer of expertise, experience and technologies among Member States in the area of emergency preparedness and response. Nurses and midwives are routinely involved in emergency care. However, they need to be adequately prepared and operate under an organized framework in order for them to be fully engaged in a comprehensive and systematic response to health crises.
The objectives of the Consultation were to: discuss roles and functions of nurses and midwives in emergency preparedness and response; identify the appropriate competencies and skills needed for nurses in emergencies; develop guidelines for incorporating "health action in crises and emergencies" into the academic curricula of nursing worldwide; establish priorities for in-service training programs on nursing role and response during emergencies, through use of innovative strategies and technology; discuss methods for coordinating efforts between nursing, other health professionals as well as other members of the rescue team during emergencies; and identify the role of partners in support of training and deployment of nurses in case of emergencies.
The Contribution of Nursing and Midwifery in Emergencies - Report of a WHO Consultation, WHO Headquarters, Geneva, 22-24 November 2006.