Policy dialogue on the status of nursing and midwifery in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Velka Lukik

Smilkova Mirjana, President of the nurses association in Shtip municipality, speaking at the policy dialogue meeting, 14 December 2013

The National Association of Nurses and Midwives has initiated a policy dialogue on the status of nursing and midwifery in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. An initial meeting, held on 14 December 2013 with WHO support, brought together 70 representatives of the professions from public and private health institutions throughout the country.

The National Association represents 10 000 nurses and midwives and will celebrate 20 years of work in 2014. Speaking at the meeting, Mrs Velka Lukic, President of the Association, said: “Now is the time for us to develop a more comprehensive action plan to improve our status in the health system, improve the education system and improve licensing for our profession. We will also build on our collaboration with WHO/Europe and associations throughout Europe.”

Mrs Snezhana Chichevalieva, Head of the WHO Country Office, expressed WHO support for these efforts, pointing out the value of a strategic approach and operational planning, working in partnership with all stakeholders, and the European policy framework Health 2020 as a source of knowledge and guidance.

Steps forward

The meeting concluded that there is an urgent need to establish a profile of nursing and midwifery in the country as a starting point for development of an action plan. The action plan will be developed with WHO guidance and support and is expected to feed into the National Operation Health Plan 2020.