Nurses Lead.
Midwives Lead.

Nurses and midwives are leaders, navigators, innovators, and advocates. They are the backbone of health systems and on the front lines of providing care to communities around the world. 

Photo Credit: Seed Global Health

Overview of Campaign:

Nurses and midwives are often undervalued, underpaid, and underrepresented in policy discussions and decisions. Despite this, they continue to save lives and lead and organize for change in health systems. That is why we’re glad the World Health Organization has declared 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

Did you know that nurses and midwives make up nearly half the global health workforce? Today, as we confront COVID-19, nurses and midwives are leading the pandemic response while ensuring continuity of services. Through their leadership, they can advance healthcare policy to reach universal health coverage.

Nurses Lead.
Midwives Lead.

Explore our virtual spotlight wall to read stories, watch, and hear from nurses and midwives advancing care in communities across the globe.

2020: The Year to Promote Nurses in Leadership

2020: The Year to Promote Nurses in Leadership

Nairobi , Kenya

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6 Nurses and Midwives on What It Takes to Do the Job

6 Nurses and Midwives on What It Takes to Do the Job

Guatemala City , Guatemala

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Advancing Nurse Leadership in the Health Workforce

Advancing Nurse Leadership in the Health Workforce

Boston, MA , USA

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Chanthy Deep: How to be a Factory Infirmary offering Healthy Choices to Workers

Chanthy Deep: How to be a Factory Infirmary offering Healthy Choices to Workers

Phonm Penh , Cambodia

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Combating Sierra Leone’s Maternal Health Crisis Through COVID-19

Combating Sierra Leone’s Maternal Health Crisis Through COVID-19

Kono , Sierra Leone

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Honor and Pride in Practicing the Noble Profession of Midwifery

Honor and Pride in Practicing the Noble Profession of Midwifery

Bamako , Mali

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Keoagetse Kgwabi: Without Nurses and Midwives, There is No Healthcare

Keoagetse Kgwabi: Without Nurses and Midwives, There is No Healthcare

Gweta , Botswana

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Midwives Waiting for COVID-19 in Malawi

Midwives Waiting for COVID-19 in Malawi

Blantyre , Malawi

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Notes from a Nurse: The Importance of Screening Mama’s for Hypertension

Notes from a Nurse: The Importance of Screening Mama’s for Hypertension

Shinyanga , Tanzania

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Nurse Lisette Jerez: How Smile Train Partners Are Treating Kids With Clefts Through The Pandemic

Nurse Lisette Jerez: How Smile Train Partners Are Treating Kids With Clefts Through The Pandemic

Temuco , Chile

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Perspectives on Nurse and Midwife Leadership During COVID-19

Perspectives on Nurse and Midwife Leadership During COVID-19

Kampala , Uganda

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Policy Changes in Tanzania and Beyond Unleash Full Power of Nurses

Policy Changes in Tanzania and Beyond Unleash Full Power of Nurses

Mwanza , Tanzania

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Reflections on 2020 from a Nurse and a Midwife

Reflections on 2020 from a Nurse and a Midwife

Chapel Hill, NC , USA

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Screening Patients for COVID-19

Screening Patients for COVID-19

Rwamagana , Rwanda

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She Can Only See My Eyes: Birth During COVID-19

She Can Only See My Eyes: Birth During COVID-19

Boston, MA , USA

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Sreyleak, the Midwife, and Her Changes with Healthy Women, Healthy Workplace Project

Sreyleak, the Midwife, and Her Changes with Healthy Women, Healthy Workplace Project

, Cambodia

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The Power of Nurses with Barbara Stilwell

The Power of Nurses with Barbara Stilwell

, UK

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This is our time. This is our stage. Let’s use it!

This is our time. This is our stage. Let’s use it!

Boston, MA , USA

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This Is the Sound of 2,500+ Nurses Speaking Out on the Biases and Barriers They Face at Work

This Is the Sound of 2,500+ Nurses Speaking Out on the Biases and Barriers They Face at Work

Chapel Hill, NC , USA

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Vicky Caroline Achayo: Midwives Save Lives

Vicky Caroline Achayo: Midwives Save Lives

Lira , Uganda

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Virina Yab and Her Changes with Healthy Women, Healthy Workplace Project

Virina Yab and Her Changes with Healthy Women, Healthy Workplace Project

, Cambodia

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World Needs Public Health, Nursing to Lead Way in Global Pandemic

World Needs Public Health, Nursing to Lead Way in Global Pandemic

Boston , USA

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