Ms Annette Kennedy, Mr Howard Catton, Distinguished guests, colleagues, friends, Good morning, I’m delighted to be here. 国际护士理事会2019年大会 谭德塞博士的讲话，新加坡 2019年6月30日 安妮特•肯尼迪女士， 霍华德•卡顿先生， 尊敬的各位来宾，各位同道，朋友们， 早上好，我很高兴能够参加这次大会。
I’d like to thank the Government of Singapore and the Singapore Nurses Association for hosting this meeting, and for their support for nursing.
I’d also like to thank and congratulate my sister Annette for her leadership.
Annette, you have done a truly extraordinary job in mobilizing the global nursing workforce, and in highlighting the incredible job that nurses do, and their value to us all.
Congratulations to you, and to all nurses on the 120th anniversary of ICN.
ICN is a very important partner for WHO on a range of issues, including primary health care, universal health coverage, quality of care, noncommunicable diseases, antimicrobial resistance, and more.
Nurses also make a valuable contribution to the science of patient safety. It was a nurse researcher who initially showed that getting patients out of bed as soon as possible after surgery reduced recovery time and complications.
Patient safety must be an essential part of the education and training of all nurses, to avoid clinical errors and make health care safer for all patients, everywhere, every time.
WHO has developed a patient safety curriculum, which is an important resource to meet this need. We’re also developing a package of resources, guidance and tools to strengthen the competencies of health workers.
I ask you all to join with WHO in celebrating the first World Patient Safety Day on 17 September this year.
In recent years we have seen another disturbing trend, in which health facilities and health workers become targets in conflict.
As you know and as we speak, there is an Ebola outbreak in DRC, and health workers are fighting Ebola there. Last February Joseph Kambale Saanane Visogho, a nurse, was abducted and murdered in the Ebola-affected town of Butembo. In April, a doctor Dr Richard Mouzoko was killed.
This reflects a disturbing trend in which health facilities and health workers become targets in countries.
So far this year, WHO has documented 478 attacks on health facilities, with 72 deaths.
We must be very clear: health workers are not a target.
I am full of admiration for people like Joseph and Richard, and the nurses and other health professionals I have met in DRC during my several trips and all over the world, who put themselves in harm’s way for the people they serve.
Very often, they are the difference between life and death, between order and chaos.
Which is why any society with too few health workers is operating with one hand tied behind its back. It simply cannot function the way it needs to.
WHO estimates that the world is facing a shortfall of 18 million health workers needed to achieve and sustain universal health coverage by 2030.
Half of that number – 9 million – is the projected shortfall in nurses and midwives.
That need is especially acute in low- and middle-income countries.
We can have the best medicines, the best diagnostics, the best hospitals and the best health insurance, but if we don’t have health workers delivering safe, effective, people-centred care, we don’t have a health system.
In 2016, the United Nations High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth delivered a vital message: that health workers are not a cost, they’re an investment – an investment that pays a triple return for health, gender equality and economic growth.
But it’s not just the quantity of investments that matters – it’s what countries invest in that will make the biggest difference.
The World Health Assembly has agreed that in 2020 we will celebrate the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, to honour the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, and to celebrate the work of all our nurses and midwives. So it will be a time to pause and say thank you so much for your dedication and commitment, to all of you here and all over the world.
And as part of that celebration, we are also proposing that every country bring one nurse and one midwife to the World Health Assembly next year. The world must hear their voices and their stories. And we will also establish a recognition award for nurses and midwives, where every country and region is involved, along with ICN and Nursing Now. That will be an annual award ceremony for nurses and midwives.
WHO is now working on the first report on The State of the World’s Nursing, to present to the World Health Assembly.
This report will provide a “snapshot” of the global nursing workforce.
But this will not be a snapshot to put in a frame and admire. We hope it will be more like a photo of a house before a major renovation.
We hope that countries, regions and partners will use the data from this report to engage in policy dialogue and make evidence-based decisions on how and where to invest in the nursing workforce.
We cannot develop this report alone. We need your support to ensure contributions from every country, to make sure our snapshot is accurate and reliable and represents the world of nursing and midwives.
In May next year, WHO will host the meeting of Government Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officers, alongside the ‘Triad’ meeting of National Nurse Associations, National Midwife Associations and the Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officers.
We need your support to ensure that every country is represented.
We are on the threshold of a transformative moment in global health.
Together, we can ensure that nurses and midwives get the education, the training, the jobs, the conditions, the opportunities, the dignity and the respect they deserve.
But our cause is not only about celebrating and empowering nurses. It’s more than that. It’s about harnessing the power of nurses to achieve our vision for 2030, to achieve universal health coverage and to have a world which is healthier, safer, fairer for everyone.
That is the vision for which we’re working. And you have the power to make it happen.