What Is The Status Of Nurses And Midwifery Around The World?
- Globally, 70 per cent of the health and social workforce are women compared to 41 per cent in all employment sectors.
- Investing more in midwives, who are critical for maternal and newborn health as well as for family planning, could avert over 80 per cent of all the maternal deaths, stillbirths and neonatal deaths that occur today. And when a midwife or group of midwives provides care from pregnancy to the end of the postnatal period, almost a quarter of pre-term births can be prevented.
- There is a global shortage of health workers, in particular nurses and midwives, who represent more than 50 per cent of the current shortage in health workers.
- For all countries to reach Sustainable Development Goal 3 on health and well-being, WHO estimates that the world will need an additional 9 million nurses and midwives by the year 2030.