The International Council of Nurses (ICN) believes that it is vitally important to show the world who nurses are and what they do—especially this year: The International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. ICN wants the voice of nursing to be heard around the globe, to spread the word about our great profession and how it contributes to the wellbeing of the world. As carers, healers, educators, leaders and advocates, nurses are fundamental in the provision of safe, accessible and affordable care. ICN developed a report and social media toolkit to recognize International Nurses Day 2020 with the theme 'Nurses: A Voice to Lead - Nursing the World to Health.'
The theme for ICM 2020 builds off the theme for the International Year of the Midwife 2020 – ‘Celebrate. Demonstrate. Mobilise. Unite.’ For IDM 2020, ICM focuses in more depth on how midwives and women can partner together to mobilise and unite toward a shared goal of gender equality. This toolkit provides social media messaging to help recognize the life-saving work performed by midwives around the world and to bring more attention to maternal and newborn health issues.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is an annual requirement for health care workers to study a set number of hours each year to increase knowledge and skills that will positively impact healthcare outcomes. The World Continuing Education Alliance (WCEA) has built a platform that enables leading education providers to distribute their CPD courses internationally. Once education is placed in the network, the courses can be accessed through the WCEA’s specialist CPD Learning Management System that is used by hundreds of organisations around the world. The WCEA works in partnership with the World Medical Association and the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and as part of these partnership agreements, significant focus has been placed on making CPD available to all health care workers in low and middle income countries (LMICs). To celebrate 2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife, WCEA is providing Free Council & Associations platforms that offer free COVID-19 & CPD courses from Royal College of Nurses, Royal College of Midwives, and Aga Khan University.
The State of the World’s Nursing Report provides the latest, most up-to-date evidence on and policy options for the global nursing workforce. It also presents a compelling case for considerable – yet feasible – investment in nursing education, jobs, and leadership. The primary chapters of the report outline the role and contributions of nurses with respect to the WHO “triple billion” targets; the health labour market and workforce policy levers to address the challenges to nurses working to their full potential; the findings from analysis of National Health Workforce Account (NHWA) data from 191 Member States and progress in relation to the projected shortfall of nurses by 2030; and forward-looking policy options for an agenda to strengthen the nursing workforce to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals, improve health for all, and strengthen the primary health care workforce on our journey towards universal health coverage. The report concludes with a call to Member States and other stakeholders to commit to this agenda. The investments called for will drive progress toward Universal Health Coverage and across the Sustainable Development Goals including health but also education, gender, decent work and economic growth.
DHIS2 has released a digital data package to accelerate case detection, situation reporting, active surveillance and response for COVID-19. The package is inspired by the Ministry of Health Sri Lanka’s pioneering design of DHIS2 tracker for COVID-19 case detection and draws on years of collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to develop information system standards for case-based disease surveillance. The COVID-19 digital data package includes standard metadata aligned with the WHO’s technical guidance on COVID-19 surveillance and case definitions and implementation guidance to enable rapid deployment in countries. DHIS2 is currently being used for COVID-19 surveillance in countries around the world.
Before caring for patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, healthcare personnel must: Receive comprehensive training on when and what PPE is necessary, how to don (put on) and doff (take off) PPE, limitations of PPE, and proper care, maintenance, and disposal of PPE; and demonstrate competency in performing appropriate infection control practices and procedures. This CDC factsheet provides an overview of PPE usage.
As recent modelling analysis highlights, the evolving impact of SARS-CoV-2 will be as a large outbreak in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) that may rapidly overwhelm existing health services. To avoid the worst of outcomes, African health systems must act quickly and decisively. Investing in health professions education will be essential to both containing and managing the pandemic and any other new infections in the future.
These COVID-19 training modules were developed by the UCSF Strengthening Inter-Professional Education on HIV Care Across Africa (STRIPE) project. STRIPE HIV project faculty in Africa and the UCSF team developed these modules to prepare inter-professional teams to respond effectively to COVID-19. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines are adopted and referenced.
COVID-19 is a serious disease and all people living with HIV should take all recommended preventive measures to minimize exposure to, and prevent infection by, the virus that causes COVID-19. As in the general population, older people living with HIV or people living with HIV with heart or lung problems may be at a higher risk of becoming infected with the virus and of suffering more serious symptoms.This UNAIDS brochure provides an overview of current recommended preventive measures for PLHIV.
Optimized Supportive Care for Ebola Virus Disease: Clinical management standard operating proceduresWorld Health Organization (WHO), 2019
Considerable variability exists in the level of supportive care offered between Ebola treatment units (ETUs) in the same outbreak as well as across outbreaks. Building on evidence-informed guidelines created by a multidisciplinary panel of health care providers with experience in the clinical management of patients with EVD, this guidance should serve as a foundation for oSoC that should be followed to ensure both the best possible chance for survival and allow for reliable comparison of investigational therapeutic interventions as part of a randomized controlled trial. This guideline provides recommendations for the management of adults and children.