Electing, Appointing More Nurses As Leaders In Health Critical To Driving UHC Agenda
STAT: Nurses will help turn the promise of universal health care into a reality
Ilona Kickbusch, director of the Global Health Center, adjunct professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, co-chair of UHC2030, and member of the WHO Independent High-level Commission on NCDs
“…Achieving [universal health coverage (UHC)] — meaning everyone, everywhere has access to the health services they need, when they need them, without suffering financially — is a top priority in global health. According to a new report published by the World Innovation Summit for Health and the UHC Forum 2018, universal health care won’t be attainable without nurses and midwives. Yet policy approaches to universal health care have traditionally neglected the health workforce and the role of nurses. … Electing and appointing more nurses as leaders in health and beyond will be essential for driving forward the universal health coverage agenda. For too long, nurses have been underutilized and under-resourced. Realizing the huge nursing dividend is the key to delivering on the promise of health for all” (11/23).