SONSIEL is an international platform for Nurses to engage and advocate for Nursing’s role in influencing and directly impacting global health through innovation, and entrepreneurship. The organization is recognized as an Associate Member of The Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations (CoNGO) to the United Nations. This status enables SONSIEL members to participate on committees at the United Nations and have a worldwide impact.
If you are interested in serving on one of the UN committees please attend one of our SONSIEL/UN events. You will meet our Founders Holly, Ann, Juila and Melinda and they will give you futher instructions on what it takes to serve on one the UN committees.
Nadine Clopton began working with Caring & Living as Neighbours (CLAN), an Australian NGO focusing on health access, advocacy, and education for children with chronic illnesses living in low- and middle-income countries. She is the youngest person to be elected to the NGO Global Executive Committee.
The Healing Power of Writing in the Time of the Virus: A Stress Management Tool
Judith Rusikay Rabinor, PhD, Laura Zinn Fromm , New York, NY
Interactive Discussion/ Q & A
Concept Note: NGO Led Briefing for April 8, 2020
Co-sponsors: International Council of Nurses, CGFNS, Int., Long Island University, NGO Committee on Mental Health, NGO Health Committee
World Health Day International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife
Health in the SDG EraPromoting Partnerships to Lead the Way to SDGs
People, Prosperity, Peace, Planet, Partnerships
April 8, 2020
Tentatively- UN NY Headquarters, ECOSOC Chamber
The attainment of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and every SDG is influenced by factors related to heath, with at least 10 goals referring directly to health issues and more than 50 of the 169 SDG indicators that measure health parameters or outcomes. Health influences all other SDGs (WHO, 2018) with nurses and midwives acclaimed as leaders in the transnational movement to advance, promote and sustain the health of all “Peoples of the World” acting locally, regionally, globally. On World Health Day 2020, the UN System celebrates the WHO International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife and honors the contributions of Nurses and Midwives world-wide with the launch of the WHO State of the World’s Nursing Report.
The World Health Assembly, the governing body of the World Health Organization declared 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife to advance nurses’ vital position in transforming healthcare around the world and in honor of the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. The designation is intended to alert governments to the need to recruit and retain staff to prevent potentially disruptive nursing shortages world-wide. WHO figures suggest there will be a shortfall of up to nine million nurses and midwives by 2030 if drastic action is not taken immediately.
The Year will showcase the professions, raise the profile of nurses and midwives, and focus on the critical contribution nurses and midwives make to global health as the cornerstone of the strong, resilient health systems needed to achieve universal health coverage, prescribe life-saving drugs, administer vaccines, provide family planning advice, deliver mental health services, and assure expert care during childbirth. The year-long platform provides an opportunity to recognize past and present nurse leaders globally, raise the visibility of the nursing profession in policy development, highlight the challenging conditions they often face, and advocate for amplified investment in strengthening the nursing and midwifery workforce.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General, World Health Organization asserts “Without nurses and midwives, we will not achieve sustainable development goals or universal coverage”. Meeting the SDG target of providing universal health coverage by 2030, requires urgently addressing the global shortfall of 9 million midwives and nurses and to partner with and encourage global government investment in the two professions. In many areas there simply are not enough nurses and midwives to provide vital services and even where they are present nurses may lack the power, influence, education, equipment and supplies to deliver the basic health services needed to live healthy lives. The world’s 22 million nurses and 2 million midwives make up half the global health workforce, 70% of which are women.
The WHO is leading the first State of the World’s Nursing report, launching on April 7, 2020, World Health Day, and prior to the 73rd World Health Assembly. It will provide an overview of each nation’s nursing workforce, including number and type of nurses, education, regulation, practice, leadership and gender issues. It will also describe how the nursing workforce will help deliver the WHO’s aims on universal health coverage and sustainable development. The Nursing Now! Campaign, a three-year effort (2018-2020) to improve health globally by raising the status of nursing will culminate in 2020 by supporting country-level dissemination and policy dialogue around the State of the World’s Nursing report.
The purpose of this Briefing is to demonstrate for UN stakeholders, particularly Member States and civil society leaders, nursing directed global programs that address the issues of People, Prosperity, Planet, Peace, and Partnerships. World leaders and citizens agree that nurses are among the most valued and trusted professionals.
Pope Francis, the leader of the Catholic Church has praised the “precious” work carried out by those in the nursing profession. In an official address at St Peter’s Square in Vatican City, he said “Nurses and midwives play a vital role in providing health services and referred to nurses as, “experts in humanity.” He spoke about the importance of the nursing profession and the unique relationships nurses form with all members of the healthcare team – patients, families, and colleagues, with nurses are at “the crossroads” of all these relationships.
Lord Nigel Crisp, co-chair of Nursing Now, said: “It is crucial that leaders around the world recognize the importance of this year, and that we use the global momentum to spark real change for nurses and midwives around the world.” And Annette Kennedy, President, International Council of Nurses, ‘This year, governments will have to make crucial decisions about the future of the nursing and midwifery workforce. The Pope’s leadership should galvanize politicians around the world and encourage them to make the right choices, which must include starting massive recruitment drives to avert the predicted shortages over the next decade.”
Global public/private partnerships will be highlighted in the Briefing as well as UN entities and professional associations in collaboration including World Health Organization (WHO), International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), International Council of Nurses (ICN), Nursing Now and the United Nations Population Fund. (UNFPA). Panelists will include experts in Climate Crisis and Health, Education to Stop Human Trafficking, Global Health Partnerships and Universal Health Coverage/Primary Care.
WHO Toolkit Fast Facts
Nurses and Midwives provide a broad range of essential health services
Achieving health for all will depend on there being sufficient services close to the community and in all levels of health facility
Nurses and Midwives provide essential health services including e.g.:
Prevention, diagnosis and treatment of HIV, tuberculosis, malaria and other communicable diseases
Prevention, diagnosis and treatment of noncommunicable diseases: cancer, respiratory, cardiothoracic disorders, diabetes
Prevention, diagnosis and treatment of mental health and psychiatric issues
Sexual/reproductive health services, including family planning, and maternal and newborn health care, immunization and breast-feeding support
Nurses and midwives play a key role in caring for people everywhere, including in the most difficult humanitarian, fragile, conflict settings.
As part of strong multi-disciplinary health care teams, nurses and midwives make a significant contribution to delivering on the commitments made in the 2018 Astana Declaration on Primary Health Care, ensuring patient-centered care close to the community.
The world needs 18 million more health workers to achieve and sustain universal health coverage by 2030. Approximately half of that shortfall – 9 million health workers – are nurses and midwives. The most acute shortages are in South East Asia and Africa where numbers of well-trained and educated, regulated and well supported nurses and midwives, who receive pay and recognition commensurate with the services and quality of care that they provide are urgently needed
Globally, 70% of the health and social workforce are women. Nurses and midwives represent a large portion of this
Midwifery, where care includes proven interventions for maternal and newborn health as well as for family planning could avert over 80% of all maternal deaths, stillbirths and neonatal deaths. Midwife-led continuity of care, providing care from pregnancy to the end of the postnatal period, can prevent 24% of pre-term births.