Nurses and midwives: a vital resource for health. European compendium of good practices in nursing and midwifery towards Health 2020 goals





Health 2020, the European health policy framework and strategy, aims to improve the health and well-being of populations, reduce inequalities and ensure people-centred health systems. In order to support the realization of the Health 2020 goals, the European strategic directions for strengthening nursing and midwifery towards Health 2020 was developed guiding Member States and the WHO Regional Office to mobilize the potential of the nursing and midwifery workforce. This European compendium was produced to provide operational examples of the new nursing and midwifery roles and new service delivery models currently being employed across the Region. The case studies directly relate to the priority areas in Health 2020 and exemplify the types of activities needed to fully implement the objectives within the Strategic Directions framework.