Today is World Health Day, and according to the World Health Organization, this year the mission will be to “celebrate the work of nurses and midwives and remind world leaders of the critical role they play in keeping the world healthy.”
Globally, 70% of the health and social workforce are women, and nurses and midwives represent a large portion of this number. Nurses and midwives have always played a vital role in our health infrastructure, but that role has become more and more vital in the age of coronavirus.
The tremendous sacrifice being made by health professionals, especially nurses, in answering the calling of their profession and putting themselves in danger so that others have a chance to be diagnosed and treated, is real heroism, in my opinion.
The World Health Organization’s website for World Health Day is full of key information and advocacy resources, including action items for the general public. WHO plays a pivotal role in providing clear, factual data which can be in short supply these days, check out their pages on the coronavirus and the myths surrounding it.
According to WHO, the most important things you can do are 1) show nurses and midwives your appreciation for their work and thank them for what they do to keep us healthy; and 2) call on local leaders to do more to support nurses and midwives and make investments that enable them to work to their full potential.