Nurses and midwives strengthen health systems

In the WHO European Region, nurses and midwives – an estimated total of 7.3 million – make up the majority of health care professionals, delivering health services to people of all ages. A recently published compendium of good practices in nursing and midwifery illustrates the fundamental importance of these health care professionals to public health and well-being. Its 55 case studies from 18 countries provide examples of how nurses and midwives enhance health.

While the case studies illustrate good practices and innovations, the compendium reveals that they are not always well documented, rigorously evaluated, scaled up or shared within or among countries in the Region. Consequently, they have limited influence in decision-making at national or local level, and the contribution of nurses and midwives to research and collecting evidence and in the design of services and technology is also limited.

To read more about the role of nurses and midwives in health systems on the euro.who.int website.