This year is the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. On April 7th, 2020, nurses and midwives around the world will be officially celebrated and recognized, as the World Health Organization (WHO) dedicates a day to those leaders who play a crucial role in keeping the world healthy.

“World Health Day will highlight the current status of nursing around the world,” says the WHO. “The WHO and its partners will make a series of recommendations to strengthen the nursing and midwifery workforce.”

The first ever State of the World’s Nursing Report will be launched on April 7th, providing a global perspective of the nursing workforce. A similar report about the midwifery workforce will be launched in 2021.

This day couldn’t come at a more deserving time, as nurses and other health workers are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, risking their own lives to save the lives of strangers.

While nurses, midwives, and other healthcare professionals have always had our respect and admiration, they are being ever so recognized as they stand at the forefront of the COVID-19 response. They are “providing high quality, respectful treatment and care, leading community dialogue to address fears and questions, and in some instances, collecting data for clinical studies. Quite simply, without nurses, there would be no response,” says the WHO.

With the current health pandemic, World Health Day brings a special perspective to those that are helping our colleagues, our neighbors, our friends, our families, and even ourselves.

Nurses and healthcare professionals should be celebrated every day for the work that they do in communities around the globe, but April 7th is especially reserved to recognize their dedication and commitment to patients around the world.

Orbis Biosciences cares for our Kansas City community deeply and is dedicated to improving the healthcare experience for those in our community and beyond. We stand by the efforts to keep our community healthy and we wish wellness for everyone around the globe.