United Nations agency World Health Organization (WHO) in its report with International Council of Nurses (ICN) and Nursing Now, reveals that, there are just 28 million nurses globally. Reports identitys that there is a huge gap in the nursing workforce at present and its demand globally. At the time of Covid-19 pandemic, an urgent investment is require in nursing education and jobs to strengthen nursing around the world.
The new report, The State of the Worlds Nursing 2020, provides an in-depth look at the largest component of the health workforce. Nurses account for more than half of all the worlds health workers, providing dynamic services throughout the health system. Across the globe they are demonstrating their compassion, bravery and courage as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic: never before has their value been more clearly demonstrated.
Nurses are at the forefront of fighting epidemics and pandemics that threaten health across the globe. As per report there are huge shortfalls of Nurses in countries in Africa, South East Asia and the WHO Eastern Mediterranean region as well as some parts of Latin America. To avert the global shortage, the report estimates that countries experiencing shortages need to increase the total number of nurse graduates by on average 8% per year. This would cost approximately $10 per capital (population) per year.
In March 2020, WHO, along with UN Foundation and partners launch first-of-its-kind COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund to raise money from a wide range of donors to support the work of the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners to help countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
About World Health Organization
WHO headquarterd in Geneva, Switzerland, is a global health agency of the United Nations. It was founded in 1948 after Second World War. WHO is working with 194 Member States, across six continents, and it has more than 150 offices globally. It has network of approximately 7000 people worldwide. WHO staffs are united in a shared commitment to achieve better health for everyone and everywhere. It helps to combat communicable diseases like-influenza and HIV, and noncommunicable diseases like cancer and heart disease globally.