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The office of nursing and midwifery is supported by the Regional Nursing Advisers in the six WHO regional offices as well as the Global Advisory Group on Nursing and Midwifery (GAGNM), the Task Force on Strengthening Nursing and Midwifery Services and the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery Development (GNWHOCC).

The Global Advisory Group on Nursing and Midwifery (GAGNM)

GAG reports

Ninth meeting [pdf 89kb]
Eighth meeting [pdf 863kb]
Seventh meeting [pdf 680kb]
Sixth meeting [pdf 498kb]

CNO reports

Report of the Forum for Government Chief Nurses and Midwives [pdf 667kb]

The Global Advisory Group on Nursing and Midwifery (GAGNM) was created in 1992. GAG/NM serves as a strategic, action-oriented body providing policy advice to the Director-General and the WHO Cabinet to strategically enhance the contributions of nursing and midwifery within the context of all WHO priorities and programmes. The group's geographically balanced membership comprises professionals with a wide range of expertise and personal attributes that result in policy advice that ensures the primacy of global health in all matters. A minimum of 50% of the members are nurses and midwives. Ad hoc members are added as needed by the Director-General.

Terms of reference

  • to guide the development of the Global Agenda for Nursing and Midwifery within the overall health agenda;
  • to provide policy advice on how the responsiveness of health systems to peoples' health needs can be optimized through the effective use of nursing and midwifery services that are based on research as scientific evidence;
  • to support the development and use of nursing and midwifery outcome indicators in relation to health gains and health status;
  • to participate in resource mobilization and efforts for the effective implementation of the Global Agenda for Nursing and Midwifery;
  • to collaborate in establishing mechanisms for monitoring the progress of nursing and midwifery contributions to the health agenda and to the implementation of the Global Agenda for Nursing and Midwifery.

The Global Task Force for Strengthening Nursing and Midwifery Services

The Task Force on Nursing and Midwifery is a technical group created by the Global Advisory Group on Nursing and Midwifery (GAGNM) to:

  • assist with the implementation of the recommendations generated at the GAGNM meeting
  • mobilize resources to support the programme implementation.

Members of the Task Force include three representatives from the GAGNM and two representatives from the nursing and midwifery stakeholders group.

The Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres (WHOCCs)

The Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres (WHOCCs) for Nursing and Midwifery Development is an independent, international, not-for-profit, voluntary organization comprising the worldwide WHOCCs. There are 39 WHO Collaborating Centres worldwide, specializing in nursing and midwifery development. The mission of the Global Network is to maximize the contribution of nursing and midwifery in order to advance health for all in partnership with WHO, its Member States and others interested in promoting the health of populations.

Members of the Global Network [pdf 193kb]
This map was received from the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery Development.

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