anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth and is used to mark the contributions
that nurses make to society.
Historically, as well as today, nurses are at the forefront of fighting epidemics
and pandemics - providing high quality and respectful treatment and care.
They are often the first and sometimes the only health professional that people
see and the quality of their initial assessment, care and treatment is vital.
Nurses account for more than half of all the world’s health workers, yet there is
an urgent shortage of nurses worldwide with 5.9 million more nurses still
needed, especially in low- and middle-income countries.
The Covid-19 pandemic is a stark reminder of the vital role nurses play. Without
nurses and other health workers, we will not win the battle against outbreaks,
we will not achieve the Sustainable Development Goals or universal health
coverage. So lets take today to celebrate all that our nurses do for us & our