Health workforce

Scaling up the capacity of Nursing and Midwifery Services to contribute to the Millennium Development Goals

Global Programme of Work 2008-2009

Publication details

Number of pages: 42
Publication date: 2008
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/HRH/HPN/08.5


The GPW on Scaling up the capacity of nursing and midwifery services was built on the WHO resolutions, the Islamabad Declaration, the Kampala Declaration, the 2006 World Health Report, the WHO programme of work, the human resources for health workplan and the agenda for global action. The GPW was a bridge between the two versions of the Strategic Directions on Strengthening Nursing and Midwifery Services, 2002–2008 and 2009–2015 (currently 2011-2015).

The overall aim of the GPW was to strengthen and facilitate mechanisms for scaling up the capacity of nursing and midwifery services to contribute to the achievement of the MDGs. Its objectives were to:

  • gain political commitment to the implementation of the GPW;
  • improve quality and increase access to PHC services at country level;
  • develop global policies, norms and standards for strengthening nursing and midwifery services;
  • provide solutions based on evidence-based policies and practices;
  • establish consensus among partners through relevant mechanisms to support nursing and midwifery;
  • provide targeted technical support to WHO Regions and Member States, based on the needs and priorities of their respective populations.

This document provides a framework for a coherent implementation process in the areas of education, service provision, work environments, capacity building for leadership and strengthening of partnerships.