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World Health Assembly 2019 - Day 3, 22 May ICN’s delegation at the 72nd World Health Assembly (WHA) is continuing its work, attending meetings and lobbying politicians and policymakers about the importance of nursing for the health of all the people of the world. For those who don’t know, the WHA is the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO): it determines the WHO’s policies, appoints its Director General and approves and oversees its budget. It is attended by delegations from all 194 Member States and only those country delegates can vote at the meeting. ICN’s special relationship with WHO enables us to take a delegation, to contribute to the debates and to influence the decisions that are made. After a couple of business and administration-oriented days, the WHA got down to the business of discussing its substantial agenda items - the Strategic Priority Matters. Yesterday, ICN Senior Policy Analyst Erica Burton made an intervention in the discussion about the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Burton praised governments for keeping health central to the Agenda for Sustainable Development. She said that, in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) era, health should be present in all policies because of its connection with so many areas of life, including education, gender equity, decent work and economic growth, peace and justice. She said the SDGs would not be achieved unless inequities between populations are addressed, and that nurses and advance practice nurses are vital if such inequities are to be addressed. ‘The voice of nursing is a commanding one because it sees the health of the patients beyond the medical diagnosis,’ Burton said. ‘To fully mobilise the expertise of nurses, we encourage WHO and governments to continue to actively involve nurses in the planning and development of relevant policies and strategies and provide global support for the expansion of advanced practice roles.’ Today ICN delegate, Ahmed Gamal Sallam, a nursing student from Egypt, made an intervention in the debate about Universal Health Coverage, reasserting ICN’s firmly held belief that strengthening primary health care (PHC) is the most effective approach to ensuring universal health coverage. ‘Now, more than ever, the nursing workforce is equipped to ensure successful implementation of PHC approaches and is at the centre of ensuring health for all,’ Gamal Sallam said. He urged governments to optimise the contribution of the largest group of healthcare providers in the health workforce by removing barriers that impede nurses from working to their full scope of practice. ‘We strongly believe that effective and safe delivery of comprehensive PHC is dependent on the strength, capacity and capability of the health workforce,’ he added. ‘We call on governments to invest in quality education, recruitment and retention strategies, and assurance of decent work and fair pay.’ Elsewhere today ICN’s nurse delegates were attending meetings on Mental Health, Epilepsy, Universal Health Coverage, Malaria and the importance of water, sanitation and hygiene for patient safety and tackling antimicrobial resistance. The Mental Health session was attended by Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium and WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Dr Tedros said that universal health coverage will only become a reality when everyone has access to mental healthcare. But he said currently only 1 per cent of aid is spent on it. He called on governments to scale up their response. ‘Services for mental health are still lagging a long way behind other services in most countries,’ he said. ‘Mental health conditions are on the rise in every country in the world – today nearly a billion people are affected by a mental health condition. It is time to fight this silent killer together.’ The WHA continues tomorrow. All ICN interventions can be found here tinyurl.com/WHAICN Follow us on Twitter @ICNurses for the latest information. Follow and use the #WHA72 hashtag to track the conversation.
"Nurses and Advance Practice Nurses are integral to the solution to addressing inequities. The voice of nursing is a commanding one because it sees the health needs of the patient beyond the medical diagnosis." Our first #WHA72 intervention focused on the 2030 #SDGs agenda. You can find our full intervention documents here: https://tinyurl.com/WHAICN and follow the proceedings live here: https://tinyurl.com/WHALIVE We are covering the World Health Assembly all week as our delegation brings your voice to the table!
World Health Assembly 2019 - Day 2, 21 May The 72nd World Health Assembly (WHA) is continuing in Geneva this week, and the ICN delegation is busy attending meetings and lobbying politicians and policymakers about the importance of nursing for the health of all the people of the world. For those who don’t know, the WHA is the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO): it determines the WHO’s policies, appoints its Director General and approves and oversees its budget. It is attended by delegations from all 194 Member States and only those country delegates can vote at the meeting. ICN’s special relationship with WHO enables us to take a delegation, to contribute to the debates and to influence the decisions that are made. Today, we held a lunch reception for all the nurses who are attending the WHA, including our own nurse delegates, other nurses who are with international non-governmental organisations, and those attending with their government delegations. ICN Chief Executive Officer Howard Catton said ICN’s delegation was making sure the voice of nursing is being heard. ‘I met with all of our delegates in the morning yesterday,’ Mr Catton said, ‘And when I saw them later in the day at the WHA, in meetings, in events, having discussions, I have no doubt that the nursing profession and our midwifery colleagues were the most well-represented profession yesterday, which is fantastic.’ Mr Catton introduced ICN President Annette Kennedy and praised her hard work and commitment to the profession. ‘I have no doubt she is the most hardworking president here in Geneva this week,’ he said. ‘She is on a mission to take nursing to the world. She is working tirelessly on all of our behalves, but I know she is making a real impact. We hear about the changes that have happened as a result of Annette’s leadership, her interventions and her visits to countries, so we are enormously privileged and lucky to have Annette as our leader.’ Ms Kennedy welcomed delegates and other guests, including WHO Chief Nursing Officer Elizabeth Iro and co-Chairs of Nursing Now, Lord Nigel Crisp and Dr Sheila Tlou. She gave a special welcome to the students and young nurses who were attending as part of the delegation. ‘I am so proud of our students and young nurses – we are so proud of you and I hear you are making your voices heard loud and clear. We are always trying to make an impact at the WHA, and having the Year of The Nurse and Midwife in 2020, which was put forward by us at the WHO Executive Board, will become a reality in the next couple of days when the WHA ratifies it.’ She drew attention to the numerous case studies that are available on our International Nurses Day website (https://2019.icnvoicetolead.com/) - Nurses: A Voice to Lead - highlighting the wonderful work nurses are doing around the globe, and encouraged nurses everywhere to say more about the work they are doing. WHO Chief Nursing Officer, Elizabeth Iro, also spoke at the lunch, saying how nursing had become better organised in the past year. ‘Today, we know exactly what we are doing, we know where we are going, and we have the future leaders with us today,’ Ms Iro said. ‘It’s fantastic to have their presence and their voices heard at many of the sessions yesterday. I’m very comfortable knowing there are some very energised individuals that can take this to the next wave.’ She called on nurses to contribute to the WHO’s World Nursing Report, which is due out next year, by making sure that their country’s data is seen at the global level. ‘We are getting to this nice peak in terms of raising the profile of nursing and the status, adding the evidence behind it all, but what next? Possibly the next thing is we should be talking to the other international professional groups, get them engaged and let us be putting the patient, the woman and the child at the centre of what we do.’ Her final message to nurses everywhere was borrowed from ICN President Annette Kennedy: ‘Annette has a lot of stories about nurses and says they save lives. Nurses deliver quality care every day, everywhere. But it’s not just about caring - we save lives.’
"Today we have a powerful and influential group with the potential that it gives us to move forward for the improvement of health on behalf not only of the profession but also on behalf of the people that we all serve" said Howard Catton, ICN CEO during our traditional nurses luncheon held during WHA.