WHO Nursing and Midwifery

The number of resolutions on nursing and midwifery approved by WHO World Health Assembly demonstrates the importance that the WHO Member States attach to nursing and midwifery services, as a way to achieve better health outcomes for the population.

The most recent resolution, WHA 64.7, gives WHO the mandate to strengthen the capacity of nursing and midwifery workforce through the provision of support to Member States on a number of strategies including:

  1. 1. Developing targets and action plans for the development of nursing and midwifery, as an integral part of national or subnational health plans;
  2. 2. Forging strong, interdisciplinary health teams to address health and health system priorities;
  3. 3. Participating in the ongoing work of WHO’s initiatives on scaling up transformative education and training in nursing and midwifery;
  4. 4. Collaborating within their regions and with the nursing and midwifery professions in the strengthening of national or subnational legislation and regulatory processes that govern those professions;
  5. 5. Strengthening the dataset on nurses and midwives as an integral part of the national and subnational health workforce information systems;
  6. 6. Harnessing the knowledge and expertise of nursing and midwifery researchers;
  7. 7. Engaging actively the expertise of nurses and midwives in the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of health and health system policy and programming;
  8. 8. Implementing strategies for enhancement of interprofessional education and collaborative practice;
  9. 9. Including nurses and midwives in the development and planning of human resource programmes that support incentives for recruitment, retention and strategies for improving workforce issues;
  10. 10. Implementing the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel.



Framework for Action on Interprofessional Education & Collaborative Practice

Health Professions Networks
Nursing & Midwifery
Human Resources for Health

Basic nursing and midwifery education programmes in Europe

A report to the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe

Jane Salvage

ESEnfC lecture


Pesquisa para a cobertura universal de saúde

Relatório Mundial da Saúde 2013

Report of the Sixth Global Forum for Government Chief Nurses and Midwives

Nursing and Midewifery Workforce and Universal Health Coverage (UHC)

A Universal Pathway. A Woman's Right to Health

The State of World's Midwifery

EUROHEALTH - Quarterly of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

Priorities for health systems strengthening in the WHO European Region

Triplo Impacto [PT]

Relatório do Grupo Parlamentar Multipartidário para a Saúde Mundial

Triple Impact

A Report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health


Links Magazine

Nursing & Midwifery
July 2014

Links Magazine

Nursing & Midwifery
April 2015

Links Magazine

Enfermagem e Obstetrícia
Outubro 2015