World Health Day and the recognition of contributions of the nursing workforce in interprofessional teams

World Health Day, held every year on April 7, marks one of the key activities of the “International Year of Nurse and Midwife”, designated by WHO at the 72nd World Health Assembly.

This year, that date offers the countries of the Region of the Americas an opportunity to discuss nurses' contribution to the health of populations, as well as the investments needed to expand their role and recognition. Among all health disciplines, nursing is that demonstrates making the most use of interprofessional education.

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No global health agenda can be realized without concerted and sustained efforts to maximize the contributions of the nursing workforce and their roles within interprofessional health teams.

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, interprofessional collaborative teams are more crucial than ever. Interprofessional practice and education is changing overnight.

Around the world, nurses and other health professionals are on the frontlines of the global fight to slow the spread of COVID-19. On World Health Day, we recognize your contributions to the provision of more comprehensive and effective care, as members of interprofessional health teams, learning and working in collaboration with each other!

The Regional Network for Interprofessional Education in the Americas (REIP) highlights that, "In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, our ability to work and learn about, from and with others is crucial to our response.” Our gratitude the nurses and all other health professionals for their dedication and effort to save lives.