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WHO Nursing and Midwifery officer receives award of excellence for her outstanding contribution towards the nursing and midwifery cause

Award nursing and midwifery cause
Ms. Nkowane receiving the award from Dr Isabel Amelia Costa Mendes, Former Executive Director of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating centres for nursing and Midwifery Development

The award was presented to Ms Nkowane on 29 July 2014, during the General Meeting of the Global Network of WHOCCs for Nursing and Midwifery Development, hosted by the Nursing School of Coimbra, Portugal. The Network comprises 44 institutions of excellence, from the six regions of the World Health Organization (WHO). The network supports WHO’s efforts towards Health for All and strives to enhance the collaborative activities of Nursing and Midwifery Collaborating Centres. The network structure consists of a Secretariat with a rotation among Network members every 4 years. This year, the Secretariat hosting arrangements was rotated to the University of Technology, Sydney, WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Midwifery and Health Development, Australia from the WHOCCC for Nursing Research Development, University of Sao Paulo, Robeiro Preto College of Nursing, Brazil.

The network recently organized 3 events. The focus of the 4th Conference on Nursing Research of Ibero-American and Portuguese-Speaking Countries (21-25 July, 2014) was nursing research. Attended by over 39 countries, the conference addressed several topics including innovation in healthcare technology, human resources for health and promotion of equity, training, research for nursing and midwifery and, scientific writing and development of peer reviewed journals among others. The conference generated interest in working with Portuguese African speaking countries especially on the issue of midwifery tutor training.

The Executive Committee Meeting of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery Development which was held from 26-27 July, 2014, provided the opportunity for Committee members to present their regional collective activities. The Executive Committee members are drawn from the 6 region’s collaborating centres (one per region). During the meeting, WHO headquarters also outlined the various activities involving the WHOCCs on nursing and midwifery development.

The General Meeting of Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery Development 28-29 July, 2014) was convened to address general business of the Network, including discussing the its general policies. WHOCCs highlighted their achievements and outlined future activities. Participants discussed their vision and other aspects for the strategic direction for the new WHOCC Global Network Secretariat (Australia). Universal Health coverage was embraced as a key pillar for the way forward. The events also marked the designation of the Nursing School of Coimbra, Portugal as a WHOCC on Nursing Research.

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