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Thursday, October 1

Africa Health

Africa can and must do more to support nurses and midwives
Africa Health

Africa can and must do more to support nurses and midwives

Nurses and midwives are the backbone of health systems globally. Of the world’s 43.5 million healthcare professionals, more than 20 million are nurses and midwives. They play a critical role, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, as quite often they are the first and only healthcare professionals people will see. By Pauline Bakibinga, African Population and Health Research Center Because nurses and midwives respond to the needs of people in all settings, they are critical to the achievement of global health goals. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognises the vital role they play in promoting universal health coverage and sustainable development. The WHO says the world needs 9 million more nurses and midwives to reach the global Sustainable Developme...