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South Pacific Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers Alliance (SPCNMOA)

The SPCNMOA is an alliance that is engaged in various ongoing activities that strengthen nursing and midwifery provision as well as partnerships throughout the South Pacific region.

VISION
Effective partnerships and coordinated approaches for strengthening nursing and midwifery to improve Pacific health in an equitable and sustainable manner.

MISSION
Strengthening nursing and midwifery capacity as a key priority for Pacific health systems development, through country ownership and leadership.

Who we Are

Through the partnership between the World Health Organization Western Pacific Regional Office, SPCNMOA and the WHO Collaborating Centre UTS,  the Alliance aims to enhance nursing and midwifery effectiveness through promoting and improving population health in the region.

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The Secretariat of the SPCNMOA

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Strategy developed in collaboration with Chief Nurses and Midwives of the SPCNMOA

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Official brochure of the SPCNMOA

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Health iniquities among individuals in Latin America

By Rosemeire Soares Talamone

According to Paulo Marchiori Buss, professor at "Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública" – "Fundação Oswaldo Cruz", the main problem of health in Latin America is the so-called iniquity, in other words, the systematic and relevant health disparities among groups and individuals. However, these disparities are avoidable, unfair and unnecessary. Dr. Buss also added that the government of each country and its civil society have to define public policies in order to promote equity. These policies must contemplate social determinants of health, in other words, they must involve political, economic, cultural, ethno-racial, psychological and behavioral social factors that influence the occurrence of problems related to health and its risk factors among the population. "Social, economic and equitable health public policies are fundamental. Iniquities influence health due to the scarcity of individual resources and absence of communital infrastructure. Why do poor people die earlier? Because they are more exposed to serious diseases, risk factors and suffer from a shortage of coverage and resistance and other factors", analysed Dr. Buss.

English version: Murilo Alves Zacareli

The role of Nursing in Primary Health Care

By Rosemeire Soares Talamone

The role of nursing in primary health care was theme for the majority of the discussions during the presentation of the workshops. According to David Benton, Executive Director of the International Council of Nursing, the efficient work performed by nursing professionals has an integrative philosophy and the quality in the sector will only be achieved with significant investments in the formation of professionals and with the capacity of hearing all the parts involved in the primary health care answering system. "When we think about primary care, we have to think globally and in an economic manner as we have many countries in the development process, where there are homeless people, natural disasters, and other factors that are directly linked to health care", said Benton.

English version: Murilo Alves Zacareli

Her Royal Highness Princess Muna Al-Hussein of Jordan

By Rosemeire Soares Talamone

Her Royal Highness Princess Muna Al-Hussein of Jordan Raising the critical role of nursing professionals, working collectively and reducing the differences of knowledge among countries are the main challenges for the renewal of primary care, said Her Royal Highness Princess Muna Al-Hussein of Jordan who was the special guest invited for the Primary Health Care Conference held in São Paulo between July 28th and 30th. The Princess was responsible for the conference opening "The improvement of health care goes inevitably through the development of human resources, mainly nursing and midwifery ones, in a world where more than a hundred million people still live below the poverty line", said the nursing matron who, according to the WHO representatives, has revolutionized the health area in her country.

English version: Murilo Alves Zacareli

Nursing Research

By Rosemeire Soares Talamone

The workshops presented during the conference gave emphasis to the fact that the Brazilian scientific production within the nursing area has leapt from the 15th to the 5th position in global scale in a period of nine years, only staying behind countries such as the United States, England, Canada and Australia. "During the sixties of the last century, research in Brazil was characterized by the description of diseases, recognizability of signs, mechanisms and the possibility of treatment. Research was limited to the department context of the work group, closed within the most expressive hospitals", said Marco Antonio Zago, pro-rector of the University of São Paulo. Nowadays, after fifty years, research is focused on new procedures, centered in problems, and does not respect institutional limitations.

Karen Morin, representative of the University of Wisconsin (USA), said that the development of research capable of influencing society positively goes through five factors, denominated "the five minds of the future": the disciplined mind, the one capable of synthetizing, the creative, the respectful and the ethical one.

English version: Murilo Alves Zacareli

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