Global Programme of Work 2008-2009
The Global Programme of Work operationalizes the strategic framework on strengthening nursing and midwifery. The overall objective of the Global Programme of Work is to strengthen and facilitate mechanisms for scaling-up nursing and midwifery capacity to contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals through renewed primary health care. The focus is on the following five areas:
Education and training
This element specifically addresses issues pertaining to the shortage of educators for nurses and midwives, quality of education and training and introduction of global dtandards for nursing and midwifery education. It aims to promote adequate numbers of competent educators and trainers to achieve the scaling up of competent nursing and midwifery workforce for primary health care.
Health service provision
This area underscores the importance of the active engagement of nurses and midwives in policy decision making and the necessity for them to carry out research and collate experiences that will provide an evidence for effective primary health care implementation and practice. The work involves translating best practices and knowledge into practical solutions for increased productivity in a multidisciplinary, collaborative provision of health services in primary health care settings.
The focus is on the retention of the nursing and midwifery workforce in the areas of greatest health needs and on the promotion of positive working environment. Efforts will be directed to the development and implementation of a regional nursing and midwifery policy framework to maximize the health and wellbeing of nurses and midwives, thus improving workforce productivity and access to quality health care.
- ILO Nursing Personnel Convention No. 149
- Framework guidelines for addressing workplace violence in the health sector - The training manual
- Workplace violence in the health sector
Chiang Mai Declaration - Nursing and midwifery for primary health care
Capacity building on leadership (talent management)
Emphasis is being placed on developing mechanisms and implementation strategies on skills development, career structures, continuing education and equipping leaders for nursing and midwifery with essential competencies for effective management and leadership roles. Key strategies for strengthening leadership, management and supervisory skills will be piloted in support of nursing and midwifery workforce for primary health care.
Working in multidisciplinary teams and building strategic alliances through partnerships is essential in achieving primary health care goals. Partnerships are seen as key ingredient to effective mobilization of sufficient resources and delivery of interventions on scaling up capacity of nursing and midwifery contributions to primary health care. Twining, networking bilateral and global collaboration will be created and nurtured.