Global Advisory Group on Nursing and Midwifery
The World Health Organization began a review of the Global Advisory Group on Nursing and Midwifery (GAGNM) in 2012. This review examined and provided suggestions on how to strengthen the GAGNM; in particular determining optimal ways to improve its utility and effectiveness. The process involved a literature review and 24 key informant interviews. The key informants included current and former GAGNM members at WHO headquarters working on nursing and midwifery, Regional Advisers for Nursing and Midwifery and a director of human resources for health (HRH) and observers.
The GAGNM has existed for more than two decades and was designed to serve as a strategic, action-oriented body providing policy advice to the Director-General to strategically enhance the contributions of nursing and midwifery within the context of all WHO priorities and programmes. Its establishment is enshrined in WHA Resolution 45.5 which urged WHO “to establish a global multidisciplinary advisory group on nursing and midwifery. This is further supported by WHA resolutions 54.12 and 59. 27.