We are very excited to announce the latest publication with members of our current nursing steering committee in collaboration with WHO under the umbrella of the Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer titled “An ethical imperative: Safety and specialization as nursing priorities of WHO Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer”.

This publication beautifully coincides with the most recent announcement by the World Health Organization (WHO) that 2020 has been designated as the “Year of the Nurse and Midwife”, in honour of the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale.

Cancer is a leading cause of global childhood mortality from noncommunicable diseases, affecting approximately 300 000 children/adolescents (0-19 years old) annually. Of these children/adolescents, approximately 89% live in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) with an average 30% estimated survival rate, less than half the rate in high-income countries (HIC).

This inequality galvanized the launch of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer in September 2018 to improve survival rates to 60% by 2030. WHOhas designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife and highlights that nurses, together with midwives, constitute the largest group of health workers; therefore, strengthening nursing is critical to meeting this target.

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