Operated by nurses and leading nursing internationally, ICN works to ensure quality nursing care for all and sound health policies globally.
World Immunisation Week 24-30 April: Are you up to date? Immunisation is one of the most successful and cost-effective public health interventions. Thanks to modern vaccines crippling childhood diseases have been brought under control and some like smallpox have been eradicated saving the lives of millions. Immunisation is also a key strategy to ensure global health security and to respond to the threat of emerging infections. Despite the success of immunisation, parents sometimes fail to have their children fully vaccinated due to misinformation and unfounded rumours about possible adverse events. Failure to protect children through vaccination far outweighs any likelihood of adverse events following immunisation. Read more…
ICN has endorsed the Prague Charter to support the right to access palliative care. This initiative is led by the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC), the International Association for Palliative Care (IAHPC), the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance (WPCA), Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). The Charter urges:
- governments to ensure that patients and their families can realise the right to access palliative care by integrating such care into healthcare policies, as well as ensuring access to essential medicines, including opioid analgesics, is assured; and
- major international organisations and forums including WHO, WMA and ICN to promote the right to palliative care.
To sign the Prague Charter yourself, go to: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/The_Prague_Charter_Relieving_suffering
Gini Williams, ICN's TB Project Director, has been selected as part of the Core Group of the Global Drug-Resistant TB Initiative as the representative of national, international, scientific and professional medical and nursing associations. For more information, go to: http://stoptb.who.int/wg/mdrtb/assets/documents/Announcement_Core%20Group%20final.pdf
Abstracts for the ICN 2015 Conference in Seoul can now be submitted via the Internet at https://b-com.mci-group.com/AbstractSubmission/ICN2015.aspx.
The World Health Professions Regulation Conference 2014 will be held in Geneva, Switzerland on 17 & 18 May. The conference aims to provide participants with insights to the latest perspectives and to stimulate discussion about issues relevant to the challenges facing health professional regulation. More information on the programme and how to register is available here.