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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.

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

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.


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 Professionals summoned to renew Primary Health Care

By Rosemeire Soares Talamone and Ferraz Jr.


The World Health Organization has left its message concerning the necessity to change the current biological model as the organization encourages the adoption of a wider definition of health. Not only is health defined as the absence of sickness, but it is also a human welfare state. In order to discuss this proposal and pursue models based on that concept, São Paulo held the Primary Health Care Conference from July 28th to 30th.

The activities were organized and coordinated by professors Isabel Amélia Costa Mendes (Secretary-General) and Carla Ventura (Executive Coordinator). They are both from the School of Nursing of Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo. More than one thousand people from forty-five countries were present at the 8th Conference of the WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery, including WHO, PAHO and Brazil's Ministry of Health authorities.

The WHO Collaborating Centres gather forty-three institutions related to nursing, the only ones organized as a global network. They develop activities related to the instituted programs during the General Meeting. The objective is to strengthen health institutions and collaborate with the elaboration and adoption of public policies that meet WHO goals.

English version: Murilo Alves Zacareli

The regional guidelines for implementing the SDNM in the African Region

By WHO Regional Office for Africa
Although the global Strategic Directions for Strengthening Nursing and Midwifery Services (SDNM) were disseminated in 2002 to all countries of WHO African Region, their use and application in general have been slow at country level. This has been partly because the global SDNM only provided global orientations in terms of objectives and expected results to be achieved. The specific actions to be undertaken at national level within the context of countries' peculiarities were not provided for within the global orientations. Furthermore, the WHO African Region had not yet provided regional guidance (which would take into consideration the African perspectives on implementation of the global orientations of SDNM.

It is in view of these observations that a decision has been taken at the WHO Regional Office for Africa to develop this framework of specific actions for countries to use at national and local levels to strengthen the contribution of nursing and midwifery services in order to meet health goals set by Member States. The framework covers a period of 10 years, 2007–2017.

The regional guidelines for implementing the SDNM in the African Region are to accelerate action at country level. The guidelines also provide both a framework for WHO action to support countries in improving the quality of nursing and midwifery services, and a guide for action at national and local levels. Possible priority actions have been proposed to countries to facilitate strengthening of nursing and midwifery services at national and local levels.


International Nurses Day

By International Council of Nurses

International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. The International Council of Nurses commemorates this important day each year with the production and distribution of the International Nurses' Day (IND) Kit. The IND kit 2010, contains educational and public information materials, for use by nurses everywhere.

The IND theme for 2010 is: Delivering Quality, Serving Communities: Nurses Leading Chronic Care. The content of this year's kit, including the poster image are posted on the International Council of Nurses' website as downloadable documents for use by individual nurses, associations, health ministries and health institutions. This material has already been disseminated to national nurses' associations worldwide. Though mainly planned around May 12 each year, IND activities continue for much of the year by nurses and others. We encourage nurses everywhere to make extended use of the Delivering Quality, Serving Communities: Nurses Leading Chronic Care kit throughout the year, through individual action and group activities.

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The purpose of the cooperative agreement is to strengthen the health systems in the LAC region by supporting the development of a local health workforce that is responsive, fair and efficient to achieve the best health outcomes possible, given available resources and circumstances. The cooperative agreement will promote collaborations with interested national and multilateral bodies to undertake training programs addressing the development of the LAC region health workforce.
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