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2020 World Health Day Celebrates Nurses

Today is World Health Day, which marks the anniversary of the day the World Health Organization (WHO) was established almost 70 years ago. WHO’s primary role is to direct international health within the United Nations’ system and to lead partners in global health responses. Throughout its existence, WHO has been the leader of the fight to eradicate diseases such as malaria, measles, polio, tuberculosis, HIV and more. And now, WHO is front and center in the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020 is the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, and this World Health Day celebrates their work. Nurses, midwives and other health care workers play a critical role in keeping the world healthy, and they are currently at the forefront of the COVID-19 response, risking their own lives to provide high quality treatment and care, to address fears and questions in the community and, to collect data for testing and clinical studies. Quite simply, the contribution of our nurses to the COVID-19 response is immeasurable and invaluable.

So, on this World Health Day, we would like to say THANK YOU to nurses around the world and right here in our community. You are on the front lines today, fighting COVID-19 and every day, as you care for patients with skill and compassion.  Today we celebrate you!