Nurses and midwives play a crucial role in health promotion, disease prevention, treatment and care.
The World Health Organization estimates that nurses and midwives represent nearly one-half of the total number of health workers around the world.
However, for all countries to reach Sustainable Development Goal 3 on health and well-being for all at all ages, WHO estimates that the world will need an additional 9 million nurses and midwives by 2030.
This short video highlights the responsibilities of nurses and midwives, the challenges they face and what is needed to help them fulfil their full potential as key players in achieving universal health coverage.
The video has been produced for the launch of the Nursing Now campaign. This three-year global campaign, run in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses and the World Health Organization, aims to improve health globally by raising the profile and status of nurses worldwide – influencing policymakers and supporting nurses themselves to lead, learn and build a global movement.