"In May each year global communities join together to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of nurses and midwives. At 23 million strong, nurses and midwives are the world’s largest healthcare profession forming 50% of the total health workforce and up to 85% in many low-resource settings. As a profession, nurses and midwives are closest to the point of care—at the bedside, in homes and in communities. They bear firsthand witness to the influences and impact of social, environmental, economic and political factors on the health of families and communities. Subsequently, nurses have substantial ability to influence health and socioeconomic-related policy and practice and to exercise that power on a global scale. As the single largest cadre of healthcare providers, nurses and midwives have the most capacity to advocate and influence best practices and change. Properly supported and allowed to practice to their full potential, they hold the key to the rapid scale-up of affordable and accessible health care for all."
From Celebrating the contributions of nurses and midwives in East Africa and the Zanzibar Archipelago by Sharon Brownie, Research Associate, University of Oxford and Former Dean, Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery