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The regional guidelines for implementing the SDNM in the African Region

By WHO Regional Office for Africa
Although the global Strategic Directions for Strengthening Nursing and Midwifery Services (SDNM) were disseminated in 2002 to all countries of WHO African Region, their use and application in general have been slow at country level. This has been partly because the global SDNM only provided global orientations in terms of objectives and expected results to be achieved. The specific actions to be undertaken at national level within the context of countries' peculiarities were not provided for within the global orientations. Furthermore, the WHO African Region had not yet provided regional guidance (which would take into consideration the African perspectives on implementation of the global orientations of SDNM.

It is in view of these observations that a decision has been taken at the WHO Regional Office for Africa to develop this framework of specific actions for countries to use at national and local levels to strengthen the contribution of nursing and midwifery services in order to meet health goals set by Member States. The framework covers a period of 10 years, 2007–2017.

The regional guidelines for implementing the SDNM in the African Region are to accelerate action at country level. The guidelines also provide both a framework for WHO action to support countries in improving the quality of nursing and midwifery services, and a guide for action at national and local levels. Possible priority actions have been proposed to countries to facilitate strengthening of nursing and midwifery services at national and local levels.

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