The world needs 9 million more nurses and midwives to achieve #HealthForAll by 2030

Safe Motherhood Week 2020 joins the celebration of the ‘International Year of the Nurse and Midwife’ by calling for more support for nurses and midwives working in maternal and newborn care.

Help improve maternal care by understanding how the needs and preferences of women and health care providers in reproductive care are changing, especially since the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. To be able to provide better care and information for women in the future, we are asking for your input.

Take the survey and help us identify these needs based on your experience.

This year Safe Motherhood Week is shining a light on the huge importance of nurses and midwives for ensuring a positive pregnancy experience, especially in a world seriously affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. Join our efforts!

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the world needs 9 million more nurses and midwives to achieve the goal of universal health coverage by 2030.

Research shows that midwife care is the safest care for low-risk pregnant women. In most developing and developed countries, midwives are the standard providers of care for pregnancy and birth, attending over two-thirds of the total births.

Nurses and midwives are central to progress in maternal healthcare and account for nearly 50% of the global health workforce.

But despite often being the first and only health point of contact in their communities, they usually have to provide maternal care in challenging circumstances: undervalued, under-resourced, overworked. These challenges are even worse following the Coronavirus outbreak. For the future of healthcare services, it is crucial to have enough healthcare experts with adequate resources and proper training to face increased challenges.

Another difficulty in maternal healthcare is the lack of information available on the safety of medicines used during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

We are helping to raise awareness of this important gap in reproductive care through our participation in IMI ConcePTION, a landmark public-private partnership that is aiming to reduce uncertainty about the effects of medicines used during pregnancy and breastfeeding for women and healthcare professionals. Your participation will help us build an online knowledge bank of searchable information about the safety of different medicines during pregnancy and breastfeeding to help women make informed decisions about the medicines they take.

Our vision is for a world where all women have fair access to high-quality maternal and newborn care before, during and after the pregnancy.

We want to understand what you need with regards to pregnancy and reproductive care today, so we can share this with public health leaders and others working on improving maternal and newborn health.

Take the survey and help us identify these needs based on your experience.

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