Nursing and midwifery

Nurses and midwives comprise the majority of health care professionals in Europe and thus play a key role in the successful delivery of health services. In line with the growing international health workforce crisis, the WHO European Region currently faces serious shortages of well-qualified nurses and midwives.

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Greek health reform: opening of new primary health care units

On 13 December, the Greek government inaugurated 3 local health units in the wider urban area of Thessaloniki, with the aim of reducing inequalities and barriers to accessing quality health services. The health units, established in the Ambelokipi, Evosmos and Pavlos Melas areas, are the first of their kind in the country. They are part of the government’s broader efforts towards establishing modern, people-centred primary health care services in Greece.


Lauren Marie Grech, midwifery student, Malta

Through her experience training to be a midwife, Lauren describes how societal developments and technology are changing this health profession.

Nurses and midwives: committed to delivering the highest quality care