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          The 16th ICN Asia Workforce Forum was held in Singapore, 17-18 November 2015
          The 16th ICN Asia Workforce Forum was held in Singapore, 17-18 November 2015


  • 1 December, World AIDS Day: Over the years, ICN has worked on many aspects of HIV/AIDS including prevention and education, stigma and the impact on the health workforce.  ICN’s member in South Africa, DENOSA, will host an International Nurses’ Forum during the 2016 AIDS conference in Durban. ICN served as a member of the technical working group for the development of the International AIDS Society (IAS) Code of Conduct for HIV and Health and Professionals: Strengthening Human Rights Approach to Health.  The aim of the Code is to accelerate access to comprehensive HIV treatment, prevention, care and support for all people living with HIV, at risk or affected by HIV by using human rights as a framework and HIV professionals as the means to achieve this.

  • ICN will take part in the Dialogue on Noncommunicable Diseases and International Cooperation convened by the WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on Noncommunicable Diseases from 30 November through1 December 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Dialogue provides a platform for an interactive, strategic multi-stakeholder discussion on how countries can fulfil the commitments made by Heads of State and Government in 2011 and 2014 to strengthen international cooperation on the prevention and control of NCDs within the framework of North–South, South–South and triangular cooperation. The dialogue will result in a report with recommendations. Read more

  • The World Health Organization and USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program has recently published an evidence brief on Recommendations for Prevention and Treatment of Maternal Peripartum Infections. This evidence brief provides highlights and key messages from WHO’s recommendations for prevention and treatment of maternal peripartum infections, including policy and program implications for translating the guidelines into action at the country level. The ultimate goal of the WHO recommendations is to improve quality of care and to reduce preventable death and disability associated with peripartum infection for mothers and newborns. This brief is intended for policy-makers, programme managers, educators and providers.

  • MDG Target to reduce malaria burden achieved: The Roll Back Malaria Partnership has announced that the MDG6 target to halt and begin reversing malaria incidence by 2015 has been achieved.   Progress in the fight against malaria since 2000 has averted more than 6.2 million malaria deaths, some 97% of which have been among young children.  Today, over 100 countries are already free of malaria, and at least 55 countries are on track to reduce malaria case incidence by 75% by the end of the year. For the first time in history, fewer people than ever are getting infected with malaria in Africa, and many countries around the world are focusing on elimination targets, with new regional commitments announced in the Americas, Eastern Mediterranean, Asia Pacific, and Africa.

  • ICN is pleased to announce that this season of the BBC’s 100 Women series focuses on nurses, drawing attention to the demand for nursing care, the different areas in which nurses work, including conflict zones and resource poor areas, and the migration of nurses.  Three programmes are currently available on the BBC website:

    The BBC’s World Service radio programme, The Conversation, also focuses on two nurses:  Rose Kiwanuka, from Uganda and Subadhra Devi Rai, from Singapore recipient of the 2015 FNIF International Achievement Award for her work with refugees and victims of sexual violence in different countries around the world.

  • The 9th Conference of the ICN International Nurse Practitioner / Advanced Practice Network will be held 9-11 September 2016 in Hong Kong with the theme Advancing nursing, advancing health: Emerging possibilities. The on-line submission of abstracts is open until 30 November 2015.  Registration is open until 1 May 2016. For more information, go to www.icn-inpapn2016.org/call_for_abstract.html

  • Presentations by speakers at the ICN Conference in Seoul, with a selection of photos, are now available here.

  • For job postings at the World Health Organization, please click here.



We are pleased to announce that the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) will host an International Nurses’ forum at the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa in July 2016.  This forum provides an opportunity for nurses from around the world to discuss nursing issues in HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support.  It is also a place to place to meet, learn, exchange experiences, and network. ICN encourages nurses worldwide to submit abstracts for the International AIDS Conference from 18 to 22 July 2016.   Abstracts for original contribution to the field of HIV/AIDS will be accepted from 1 December 2015 until 2 February 2016 and late breaker submissions from 21 April 2016 to 12 May 2016.  More information can be found by visiting www.aids2016.org/Programme/Abstracts/Submitting-your-abstract. Do you lack experience in writing scientific abstracts? The Abstract Mentor Programme is now accepting abstract drafts for review by a pool of experts. This programme helps less experienced researchers improve their abstracts before submitting them.  Drafts can be submitted for mentoring until 18 January 2016.  Please visit the website for more information www.aids2016.org/Programme/Abstracts/Abstract-Mentor-Programme-AMP





Wellness Centres for Health Care Workers
Health care workers in sub-Saharan Africa have been extremely hard hit by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Infected and affected at the same devastating rate as the general population in their countries, they care for their ill patients, often in extremely difficult working conditions. At the same time their communities look to them for ongoing leadership and care. One of the factors pushing health care workers out of the region is that they are over-stressed, under-valued and face many barriers to health and wellness services. The Wellness Centres for Healthcare Workers and their Families, established in Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, facilitate a strengthened health care workforce which is better able to meet the area’s enormous health challenges. By offering quality, confidential health care services responsive to health care workers’ needs, the Centres deliver health and other professional services to all health workers and their immediate families.