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.
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:
- Nursing in numbers around the world
- Saving children’s lives in the Central African Republic
- Life as a cancer nurse in Gaza’s main hospital
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.
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