Health workforce

Upcoming nursing and midwifery meetings in May 2018


The Global Forum for Government Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers (GCNMO) will be held on 17th May 2018, immediately prior to the World Health Assembly. The Forum will be complimented by a Triad meeting with the International Council of Nurses (ICN), the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM). The Triad meeting will serve as an opportunity to connect GCNMOs to relevant stakeholders and decision-makers in national and international associations and with regulatory bodies and professional councils.

Launch of global nursing campaign

International Council of Nurses

A three-year global campaign, Nursing Now, will be launched on Tuesday, 27 February. Run in collaboration with the World Health Organization and the International Council of Nurses, Nursing Now seeks to empower nurses to tackle 21st Century health challenges and to maximize their contribution to achieving Universal Health Coverage. WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will be participating in the global launch event from the University Hospitals of Geneva, and Elizabeth Iro, WHO Chief Nursing Office, will be participating from St. Thomas’ Hospital in London. Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge will be speaking at the London event.

Action to avert an 18 million health worker shortfall announced at the 4th Human Resources for Health Forum in Dublin

Dublin, Friday November 17: The largest-ever forum focusing on health workers and global health has concluded with a series of actions to prevent a projected shortfall of 18 million health workers. These have been laid out in the Dublin Declaration, agreed to by representatives of over 70 countries who attended the Forum.

Actions include setting up of an international fund, the Working for Health Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF), to support countries to expand and transform their health workforce.

Health workforce and the Sustainable Development Goals – an infographic

The power of health workers

Contact us

Health Workforce Department
World Health Organization (WHO)
Avenue Appia 20
1211 Geneva 27
Tel: +41 22 791 2542
Fax: +41 22 791 4747