UAE Ministry of Health launches ‘Nursing Now’ campaign

DUBAI, 25th February, 2019 (WAM) — The Ministry of Health and Prevention, MoHAP, has announced that the UAE has officially joined the ‘Nursing Now’ campaign, run in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses, ICN, and the World Health Organisation.

It aims to strengthen the profile and status of nursing around the globe, through supporting nursing professionals and recognising their contribution to achieving healthcare objectives and working on accomplishing the global campaign.

Nursing Now is a three-year global campaign (2018 – 2020), and runs in conjunction with the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.


The UAE’s Nursing Now National Committee announced the official launch of the campaign at the national level during an event organised by MoHAP in Dubai, in the presence of Dr. Salem Al Darmaki, Advisor to the UAE Minister of Health and Prevention, the support of Dr. Youssif Al Serkal, Assistant Under-Secretary for the Ministry’s Hospitals Sector and the attendance of Dr. Sumaya Mohammed Abbas, Director of the Nursing Department, Dr. Arwa Owais, WHO’s Regional Office Representative, Emirates Nursing Association, a number of healthcare and nursing specialists, research experts in UAE, academic partners and healthcare service providers at government level.

Commenting on the announcement, Dr. Youssif Al Serkal said, “The UAE is one of the first countries to join the global campaign ‘Nursing Now’ to foster the nursing position in developing health policies and to invest in nursing professionals to take healthcare leadership positions, in addition to shedding light on the capabilities of the nursing national professionals in the international campaigns.”

He highlighted the UAE experience in terms of launching national initiatives and programmes to promote the attraction of the nursing profession, speed up its Emiratisation phases and link it to the National Agenda Indicators 2021, through performance standards and operational plans in accordance with the latest global practices and standards.

Dr. Al Serkal said that the UAE joining the campaign represents a new momentum to consolidate the best innovation standards in nursing practices and to build the effective partnerships with an aim of reinforcing the reputation of the nursing profession at the community level.

Dr. Sumaya Abbas said, “The global campaign ‘Nursing Now’ aims to improve health by raising the profile and status of nursing and midwifery worldwide. Furthermore, it aims to highlight the nursing and midwifery professionals’ prominent role in achieving universal health coverage.”

She pointed out that the aim of forming a national committee for the campaign, which comprises government and private health authorities and universities, is to unify efforts and garner support to achieve campaign’s objectives, through the launching of several activities and initiatives and monitoring its implementation.

This will contribute to empowering the nursing professionals in accordance with the new and operational nursing strategic plan 2018 – 2021, and achieving communication and interaction with nursing leaders worldwide.

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