Nursing, midwifery and allied health personnel

A medical trainer teaching students at the Faizabad midwifery training school, AfghanistanNurses and midwives comprise the main group of human resources for health that provides care through all national programmes. Photo credit: WHO Nurses and allied health personnel play a central role in health service delivery promotion, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation - in areas of great health need, where they may be the only frontline providers of health. Accordingly, health indicators and mortality and morbidity dynamics are directly linked to nursing practice, in addition to medical and other levels of health services.

The Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean supports Member States in the development of nursing and allied health personnel in four key areas: national planning for nursing and midwifery, reform of education, regulation and leadership development.

Programme objectives


29 April 2015 – Under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Muna Al-Hussein, WHO Patron for Nursing and Midwifery in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, WHO organized a regional nursing...

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Nursing leadership in Bahrain discusses nursing research priorities

27 April 2015 – A workshop organized by the WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing Development at the College of Health Sciences at the University of Bahrain, in collaboration with the...

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Erbil, Iraq – 17 April 2014. The Ministry of Health of Iraq, at both federal and Kurdistan region levels, with the support of WHO and the International Council of Nurses...

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In focus

The Fifth Triad meeting of the International Council of Nurses, the World Health Organization and the International Confederation of Midwives was held on 16–17 May 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland. Participants...

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HRH Princess Muna Al-Hussein chairs nursing and midwifery forum

20 May 2014 – The Sixth Global Forum for Government Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers successfully concluded in Geneva on 15 May, in the presence of Her Royal Highness (HRH)...

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