Meeting with the European Forum of National Nursing and Midwifery Associations

WHO

Representatives from The European Forum of National Nursing and Midwifery and WHO/Europe met to discuss collaborations between the two organizations

WHO/Europe and the European Forum of National Nursing and Midwifery Associations (EFNNMA) have agreed to strengthen their collaboration and develop a workplan to frame this cooperation.

Discussions included how nursing and midwifery is a cross-cutting aspect of health systems, and can be further integrated into work on chronic diseases, long-term care, noncommunicable diseases, diabetes, preventing obesity during pregnancy and HIV/AIDS.

EFNNMA will take an active role in WHO/Europe policy consultations, including the development of Health 2020, the new health policy for the WHO European Region, as well as support the development of toolkits for country work.

Ms Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, has been invited to attend the next EFNNMA annual conference in 2011.

The meeting was held on 2 November 2010, between Dr Elizabeth Rappold, EFNNMA Chair; Ms Lillian Bondo, EFNNMA Treasurer; Dr José Martin-Moreno, Director, Programme Management, WHO/Europe; and other senior staff from WHO/Europe. 

The Forum

EFNNMA, founded in November 1996, is a joint initiative of European national nursing and midwifery associations and the WHO Regional Office for Europe that recognizes the value of dialogue between them and the potential strength of joint action to promote health and health care in Europe. The Forum represents national nursing and midwifery associations across the European Region, and serves as a link between international and national policy-makers and the 6 million nurses and midwives in the WHO European Region.