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UN Ambassadors and longstanding funders celebrate the GCEF

GCEF 1On the occasion of the 10th GCEF Country Coordinators Workshop in Geneva, UN Ambassadors joined long standing funders, Board Directors of the Florence Nightingale International Foundation and ICN staff, to celebrate and learn more about the impact and outcomes of the Girl Child Education Fund since its launch in 2005. After listening intently to moving presentations from the GCEF Country Coordinators, Ambassadors from the four implementing countries of Kenya, Swaziland, Uganda and Zambia, and those from Norway, Sweden and the USA, where NNAs have been loyal supporters, along with the Project Manager of the Symphasis Foundation, all pledged further support and continued solidarity. With over 300 graduates since 2006, the GCEF has also made an impact in lowering dropout and pregnancy rates amongst the participants.

Attending were: H.E. Mrs Pamela Hamamoto, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of the United States of America; H.E. Ms. Encyla Sinjela, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Zambia; H.E.

Mr. John Kakonge, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kenya; H.E. Ambassador Rossette Nyirinkindi Katungye, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Uganda; H.E. Mr Steffen Kongstad, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Norway; Ms Jennifer J. Neves, Chargé d’Affaires, Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Swaziland; Ms Katarina Martholm Fried, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Sweden; Thomas Albert, Project Manager, Symphasis Charitable Foundation; Dr. Patrizia Carlevaro, FNIF Board Director; Linda Carrier-Walker, FNIF Board Director; Jean Barry, ICN Nurse Consultant; Maite Martinez, ICN Policy Coordinator. The Ambassadors of Denmark and Japan and Paula DeCola of Pfizer regretted they were not able to attend.

Presentations can be accessed here:

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End of the Year Greetings 2014

                                               Judith Shamian - ICN President


Last Updated on Monday, 15 December 2014 01:00

ICN Board’s statement on Ebola

ICN President Judith Shamian delivers the ICN Board’s statement on Ebola

Last Updated on Monday, 15 December 2014 01:00

Nurses elected to Institute of Medicine

Dr Stephanie Ferguson, Ph.D., RN, FAAN,Director of ICN’s Leadership for Change Programme and the ICN-Burdett Global Nursing Leadership Institute, and Dr Sheila Tlou, Ph.D., RN,Faculty member of the ICN-Burdett Global Nursing Leadership Institute and regional director for Eastern and Southern Africa, UNAIDS, have been elected as members of the Institute of Medicine (IOM).  Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honours in the fields of health and medicine and recognises individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.  Other nurses who were elected include: Margaret Heitkemper, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, professor and chair of biobehavioral nursing, biobehavioral nursing and health systems, School of Nursing, University of Washington, Seattle; and Kathleen Marie Potempa, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, dean and professor, University of Michigan School of Nursing, Ann Arbor.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 01:00

The 4th International Conference on Violence in the Health Sector

The 4th International Conference on Violence in the Health Sector will be held 22-24 October in Miami, Florida, USA.  The theme is “Towards safety, security and wellbeing for all”. Work related aggression and violence within the health and social services sector is a major problem which diminishes the quality of working life for staff, compromises organizational effectiveness and ultimately impacts negatively on the provision and quality of care. These problems pervade both service settings and all occupational professional groups in the health sector.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 01:00

11 October: International Day of the Girl Child

This year’s theme for the International Day of the Girl Child is “Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence” in recognition of the importance of investing in and empowering adolescent girls and of preventing and eliminating the various forms of violence adolescent girls experience.  According to the World Health Organization women with less education are generally more likely to experience violence than those with higher levels of education.  The ICN-FNIF Girl Child Education Fund supports the primary and secondary schooling of girls under the age of 18 in developing countries whose nurse parent or parents have died. Please donate today to support African nurses and ensure a brighter future for their daughters.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 01:00

10 October World Mental Health Day

On the occasion of World Mental Health Day, ICN has identified the following actions for nurses and national nurses associations to combat stigma and discrimination and to transform mental health for all:

  • Promote mental health and prevent illness
  • Improve access to mental health care services
  • Promote community participation in mental health services planning, operation and evaluation
  • Influence policy makers and the public to shift from institutional care to primary health care through community-based programmes and task shifting approaches
  • Address educational needs of health personnel in mental health issues
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 01:00

Death penalty statement

On World Day Against the Death Penalty, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) strongly affirms its position that nurses should play no voluntary role in any deliberate infliction of physical or mental suffering and should not participate, either directly or indirectly, in the preparation for and the implementation of executions.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 01:00


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