Second WHO Ministerial Conference on Nursing and Midwifery in Europe : report on a WHO conference, Munich, Germany 15-17 June 2000
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AbstractSince the first WHO ministerial conference, held in Vienna over ten years before, little progress had been made towards enabling nurses and midwives to contribute more forcefully to meeting people's need for health care and public health. The conference participants comprised 180 delegates from 48 countries and 40 observers. Presentations were made, and debate and discussion were stimulated, on a range of issues that included the challenges and opportunities facing a changing Europe; challenges for policies on nursing and midwifery; the contribution of nursing and midwifery to the public health agenda; and the challenges and opportunities presented by the labour markets in Europe. Consumers, policy-makers, professionals and managers addressed many of these issues and reviewed opportunities for family health nursing. Ministers debated the realities of embracing the Declaration and its implementation. Several working groups held in-depth discussions on aspects of nursing and midwifery in public health and health care reform. There was universal agreement on the need for strengthening nursing and midwifery at all levels of policy development and implementation, and a Declaration was drafted accordingly. The Declaration was signed on behalf of the Ministers of Health present by Ms Andrea Fischer, Federal Minister of Health of Germany, and on behalf of WHO by the Regional Director, Dr Marc Danzon. The Munich Declaration on Nursing and Midwifery: a Force for Health underlines the key and increasingly important roles of nurses and midwives; urges all relevant authorities to step up actions to strengthen nursing and midwifery; and urges acceptance of the need for supportive steps such as workforce planning, legislative frameworks and development of professional practice
WHO Ministerial Conference on Nursing and Midwifery in Europe (2nd: 2000: Munich, Germany) & World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe. (2001). Second WHO Ministerial Conference on Nursing and Midwifery in Europe : report on a WHO conference, Munich, Germany 15-17 June 2000. Copenhagen : WHO Regional Office for Europe. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/108412
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