Today’s release of the first-ever State of the World’s Nursing Report brings nursing’s pre-pandemic reality into stark focus with analyses of comprehensive data and contemporary evidence from more than 190 countries. The agenda-setting document shows that nurses—the vast majority of whom are female—continue to struggle to assume their rightful place in health care systems that would fall apart without them.
Developed by the World Health Organization with the International Council of Nurses and the global Nursing Now campaign, and with key support from Jhpiego and governments worldwide, the State of the World’s Nursing Report gives voice to and recognizes the importance of the 28 million nurses worldwide, acknowledging this formidable workforce as the key to universal health coverage.
Most notably, the report provides new strategies for nursing workforce development, ones that require increased investment in education, jobs, and leadership. The report aligns perfectly with Jhpiego’s priority initiatives, notably maternal and child health, infection prevention and control, primary health care, malaria eradication, HIV care and treatment, and safe surgery.