Health workforce

Operational modalities

The office of nursing and midwifery is supported by the Regional Nursing Advisers in the six WHO regional offices and the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery Development (GNWHOCC).

The Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres (WHOCCs)

The Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres (WHOCCs) for Nursing and Midwifery Development is an independent, international, not-for-profit, voluntary organization comprising the worldwide WHOCCs. There are over 40 WHO Collaborating Centres worldwide, specializing in nursing and midwifery development. The mission of the Global Network is to maximize the contribution of nursing and midwifery in order to advance health for all in partnership with WHO, its Member States and others interested in promoting the health of populations.

The New Secretariat

Since July 2014, the Secretariat of the Global Network is the WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Development at the University of Technology, Sydney Australia.

Government Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers

Government Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers (GCNMs), located in Ministries of Health in WHO Member States, are professional leaders playing strategic, management and policy formulation functions. They are Key partners for the World Health Organization. As leaders, they are important for health systems development. In recognition of their importance and need for networking, WHO convenes a Global forum every two years during which they deliberate on critical health issues impacting on nursing and midwifery and reach consensus of operational plans.

Global Alliance on Nursing and Midwifery Communities of Practice

This Alliance links health professions, policy makers and stakeholders. It is designed to provide opportunities to share knowledge and experiences, personal insights and recommendations on global health issues. Currently 13000 health professionals from 125 countries are connected and have actively participated in these main areas:

  • nursing and midwifery
  • mental health
  • migration

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