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  • 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.

  • 25 November: This International Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Violence in all its forms has increased dramatically worldwide in recent decades. Apart from civil conflict and war, violence - being destructive towards another person - can be interpersonal, self-directed, physical, sexual and mental. Nurses have a particular interest in eliminating violence. As health care professionals, nurses often have first line contact with the increasing numbers of the victims of violence. In addition, health care workers are often the victims of attacks.  Nurses are the health care workers most at risk, with female nurses considered the most vulnerable. ICN’s fact sheet on Violence provides more information on the topic.

  • 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

  • A draft of the strategic direction on nursing and midwifery (2016-2020) is now available for consultation from 14-30 November 2015. We encourage you to visit the WHO website (http://www.who.int/hrh/news/2015/midwifery_nurse_SDMN_consultation/en/

  • 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.



The Nurses Association of Thailand will hold its National Meeting on 9-12 November.  The ICN president, Judith Shamian will give the keynote presentation: Nurses a Force for Change a vital resource for ASEAN health. Her presentation will look at four fundamental questions: (1) Why does ICN see nurses as a force for change and a vital resource for health? (2) What are the critical challenges to healthcare and how can nurses make an impact in these areas? (3) What is nurses’ role in impacting policy? And (4) How can we improve learning and outcomes? 




World Diabetes Day takes place on 14 November. As part of ICN’s overall commitment to the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, ICN has partnered with the Dialogue on Diabetes and Depression (DDD) – a global initiative involving several organisations - and the Association for Improvement of Mental Health Programmes (AIMHP) to implement the African Nurse Training Programme (ANTP) to improve awareness, recognition and management of co-morbid diabetes and depression. Nearly a third of persons with diabetes suffer from clinically relevant depressive disorders and persons with depressive disorders are twice as likely as the rest of the population to also suffer from diabetes. This co-morbidity complicates the management of the two conditions. Nurses are the frontline professionals who address the key challenges of co-morbid management of patients with diabetes and depression. To date, the programme has prepared 30 nurses each from Botswana, South Africa and Uganda and 15 nurses each from Lesotho and Swaziland. In Uganda there was an additional training for 28 diabetes nurses with focus on depression aspect of the co-morbidity.