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The Response from Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Director General Elect of the WHO


‘I fully understand the critical roles nurses play in health systems and agree with the report’s recommendation that we must devote more attention and resources to nursing. In Ethiopia, nurses became the backbone of our reformed health system, helping ensure we could deliver essential services across our vast country of 100 million people, many of whom live in remote and rural regions. Through task-shifting to nurses, we could ease the burden on our limited number of physicians. At the same time, nurses remained tightly linked to communities, increasing the reach and impact of our system.


If I am elected Director General, you will have my full support around your campaign to increase the visibility, training and support systems around nurses. I also can commit to having a senior level staff person representing the nursing community on my team at WHO. I firmly believe that voice and perspective will provide essential input as we work to achieve universal health coverage – my top priority – better prepare for emergencies, prioritize the health needs of women, children and adolescents, address the health impacts of climate change and more broadly reform WHO.


I look forward to working with you in the future’



Support for development of nursing globally - a letter from the new WHO Director General


Nursing Now! Update August 2017


Following the success of the APPG on Global Health's latest report 'Triple Impact – how developing nursing will improve health, promote gender equality and support economic growth' a global campaign called 'Nursing Now!' has been launched to raise the status and profile of nursing globally so that it can make an even greater contribution to improving health and well-being.


Click the link below for the August Update on the Nursing Now! global campaign.

APPG Global Health: Latest Annual General Report and Accounts (June 2016- June 2017)


                                                    Available to download here



A group of nursing and other health leaders met in Geneva in April at a meeting hosting by the WHO to consider a proposal to launch a global campaign to promote and develop nursing. The participants agreed to establish a campaign - provisionally entitled Nursing Now! - to be launched at the end of this year and run to 2020, Florence Nightingale's bi-centanary. More information will be available by the end of June.


Following the meeting some of the participants and others decided to write to the Director General of the WHO to ask for support in the development of nursing and, amongst other things, appoint a very senior nurse at the WHO itself.

Nursing Now! Update August 2017

Nursing Now!

Recruiting Global Nursing Campaign, Office and Events Manager


An exciting opportunity has arisen for an exceptional, highly experienced, innovative, well organised ‘Office and Events Manager’ to lead the administration functions during the mobilisation, launch, then running of the 3-year global campaign to raise the profile of nursing – Nursing Now! The post is full-time, office based in central London.


Click the links below for the full job advert and the full job description.

Full Job Advert Full Job Description

Nursing Now! Update October 2017 and Online 'Have Your Say' Survey

Nursing Now! is making great progress as it prepares for the campaign’s global launch in early 2018.


The October 2017 Update on the progress of Nursing Now! – the 3 year campaign to raise the profile of nursing globally and maximise the contribution that nursing makes to Universal Health Coverage, women’s empowerment and economic development – is now available. Click the link below for the October Update.


Nursing Now! is  also carrying out a short on-line survey to inform the campaign’s brand and communications. The survey is open until 1st November 2017 and can be read and completed in English, Spanish or French.​ Click the link below to begin the survey.

Nursing Now! Update October 2017 'Have Your Say' Survey

Nursing Now! Special Update 12th October 2017

WHO Appointment of a Chief Nurse

We are delighted by the announcement by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General at the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding his commitment to nursing and the appointment of Mrs Elizabeth Iro from the Cook Islands Ministry of Health, as the new Chief Nurse for the World Health Organization.


Congratulations to both Dr Tedros Addanom and Mrs Elizabeth Iro on this most welcome news.


Find below the Special Update and the Nursing Now! Press Release regarding this news. 

Nursing Now! Special Update 12th October 2017 Press Release Click here to register for Nursing Now! Updates

Nursing Now! Update December 2017 and feedback from telephone interviews and online survey

As the year draws to an end we are pleased to announce that the Nursing Now! campaign will be officially launched on the 27th February 2018.


Below is the December 2017 Update which contains further details of the progress of campaign. There is also a summary of the feedback from the Nursing Now! telephone interviews and online survey which were completed over the last few months to inform the branding and communications for the campaign.

Nursing Now! Update December 2017 Nursing Now! Telephone Interviews: Summary of Responses Nursing Now! On-line Survey: Summary of Responses