Issue May 2010, Vol.Cl No. 5

Delivering Quality, Serving Communities : Nurses
Leading Chronic Care

The fast developments in diagnostic tools and equipments and new modalities of treatment have thrown new challenges for the healthcare personnel in general and nursing professionals in particular. For, the application of the new devices entails knowledge of new skills & know-how and training in hospitals, institutions and community settings. To draw the attention of the world, the International Nurses Day, falling on 12 May urges the nursing organisations and institutions to disseminate information on diseases with higher prevalence to schools, workplaces, health centres and community centres and also organise campaigns and events to raise health awareness. State Branches of TNAI are also urged to work with advocacy groups and community leaders to encourage programmes, events and activities for control of chronic diseases at local level as also support patients and communities to lobby for affordable and accessible healthy options.

The health of the new-born and the infants is high on agenda of health programmes of all countries, more so in developing countries where the infant mortality, morbidity and malnutrition continue to be disturbingly high. Nurse Midwives have been closely associated with deliveries and protecting their interests. In this backdrop, the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), starting with 1992, observes the International Day of the Midwife on 5 May each year. The theme of 2010 based in the context of WHO Millennium Development Goals by 2015, to increase number of midwives is,The World Needs Midwives Now More Than Ever .The Day tends to bring awareness of the importance of midwives for the health of the neonates. The State/UT branches of TNAI, support the mass campaigns and meets highlighting the role of nurses and midwives. We believe, such efforts would help enhancing the role and prestige of nurses and midwives, which they rightfully deserve.

TNAI wishes its readers a very happy “International Nurses Day”.

Sheila Seda
Chief Editor & Secretary General, TNAI

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