A warm welcome to the 2020 WHOCCNM Annual Report. It has been a trying year for all of us, and we could not be more proud of the heroic, inspiring work of nursing and midwifery leaders around the world. As the WHOCCNM Secretariat, we at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing are honored to feature the recent work done by the Global Network of the WHO Collaborating Centers for Nursing and Midwifery (WHOCCNM).

This is the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, although perhaps not the one we were anticipating. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented us with some extreme challenges across the world. Glaring cracks in society and our infrastructure are increasingly evident, in addition to the iniquities and obstacles to health for all that have long been observed.

The challenges of today call upon us to be exemplars in nursing and midwifery leadership like never before. This may be the new normal, but we are confident in the work and dedication of nurses and midwives to saving lives and improving health around the world. On behalf of the WHOCCNM Secretariat, we would like to thank each and every one of you for all you have done in the context of the covered 19 pandemic. We have never been prouder to be nurses, and it is our honor to work alongside such an incredible network  of nurses and midwives around the world. Our heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you, and we wish each of you all safety, wellness, and courage throughout the remainder of this, the Year of the Nurse and Midwife.


Patricia M. Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN        Nancy Reynolds, PhD, RN, FAAN
Co-Secretary Generals
Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing & Midwifery Secretariat
Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

We are proud of our nursing and midwifery heroes around the world!

Co-Secretary General Introductory Speech at the WHOCCNM Virtual General Meeting on June 19, 2020

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Updates on the Global Network

We are proud to report that we have one new partner and one new Collaborating Center within our network! A warm welcome to our newest network members:



WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing Policies and Leadership

Regional Updates

We are grateful to have such a productive, inspirational Global Network. To highlight the important work being done at each one, we have placed their 2019-2020 annual report information on their individual webpages. Click on the center of interest in order to see their recent and upcoming work! A summary of regional activities and upcoming opportunities is also listed.



Summary of Activities

    • The WHO Africa Regional held workshops for the Collaborating Centers in Fall 2019 to strengthen responses to global health goals & research
    • In January 2020, the University of South Africa (UNISA) WHOCC has appointed a new Director Prof MC Matlakala
    • The University of Malawi, Kamuzu College WHOCC is working with the College of Medicine in establishing a Health Profession Education Centre to improve pedagogical skills of health professional educators nationwide as well as strengthen inter-professional education and collaboration among health professions
    • The University of Botswana CC is collaborating with the Lenmed Bokamoso Private Hospital and North-West University in South Africa, to build the capacity of nurses and midwives in Botswana in neonatal care, leadership development, and infection control.
    • The UKZN WHOCC planned a virtual International Nurses Day Celebration, with a one hour Facebook event on the 12th of May that includes a special lecture and messages of support from key stakeholders and partners locally and regionally.
    • The UNISA WHOCC has a journal “Africa Journal of Nursing and Midwifery (AJNM)” which is housed by the UNISA press. UNISA will be having a special edition in celebration of the Year of the Nurse and Year of the Midwife.
    • The four WHOCCs in the region are collaborating with WHO and Loma Linda University on “Upscaling Midwifery Education in the AFRO region.” The project started in 2015 and is coming to the end this year 2020.
    • The four WHOCCs spent February and March monitoring the implementation of the Midwifery educator competencies by midwifery colleges in four countries (Botswana, Cameroon, Lesotho, Malawi), and the progress made by these institutions in implementing their plans towards becoming Laboratories of Change or Centers of Excellence in midwifery education.
    • The UNISA and the University of KwaZulu-Natal WHOCCs were planning an International Conference to held in November 2020. The conference preparations are on hold. They will be continued in 2021



Summary of Activities

    • The Americas region welcomes the University of West Indies School of Nursing, a newly designated WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing Policies and Leadership!
    • Multiple blogs and webinars have been produced by the CCs on various topics such as healthy aging, palliative care and resilience,
    • University of Illinois, Chicago, University of Chile, and University of Alabama at Birmingham WHOCCs are collaborating to provide opportunities for international nursing students.
    • Several WHOCCs have been hosting online courses on research, nursing education, leadership, advanced nursing practice, patient safety, and more for nurses and midwives in Latin America and the Caribbean
    • Regional meeting was held October 2019, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania.
    • The McMaster WHO CC collaborates with PAHO/WHO in the development and dissemination of tools on best practices in the development of nursing leadership and advanced practice nursing in the Caribbean.
    • UAB School of Nursing collaborated for development of an online nursing program
    • The University of Michigan collaborated around a project addressing gender-based violence in the World Nursing Report
    • Collaborating with UNC Chapel Hill on documenting the nursing statistics in the Caribbean
    • In 2019, the University of Chile celebrated 185 years since the creation of its School of Midwifery and hosted a seminar on the “Quality of Care in Maternal and Neonatal Health: Moving to a positive Childbirth Experience.”
    • The UWI School of Nursing, Mona CC participated in a national launch of the Year of the Nurse & Midwife in January 2020. The CC is also involved in a Think Tank on issues impacting nursing and midwifery.
    • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile is planning to organize a national activity with experts around the topic of the role of nursing in today’s world, using an online platform
    • The University of Sao Paulo has been working to develop collaborative research in human resources for health and nursing in priority health areas, such as the use of education technologies.



Summary of Activities

    • While recent events have limited the available information on our esteemed colleagues in the Eastern Mediterranean region this year, we hope to learn more of the current activities and events within this region, particularly among our colleagues at the College of Health Sciences at the University of Bahrain and the Jordan University of Science and Technology. Please visit the WHOCCNM website for future updates and activities!



Summary of Activities

    • Colleagues from all WHO EURO CCs continue to develop activities to promote the Year of the Nurse & Midwife and NursingNow.
    • In January 2020, together with the European
    • Association for Palliative Care, Paracelsus University launched a special series of 12 monthly blogs to honour nurses working in palliative care. A multidisciplinary Palliative Care Training Content and Course Module (40 hours) has also been made available online on their website.
    • Lithuanian University of Health Sciences organised a Forum in January 2020, dedicated to the YoTN and a Workshop for midwifery  care leads with Prof. Mary Sidebotham Griffith University.
    • Cardiff University CC published a Midwifery Assessment Tool for Education (MATE) and contributed to keynote presentation at
    • the Virtual IDM Conference, May 4th.
    • Glasgow Caledonian University is participating in a Scottish working group, chaired by the CNO, to co-ordinate national activities for YoTNM, as well as hosting #GCUNursingNow twitter discussions.
    • Nursing Research Foundation, Finland published a rapid evidence review: “What should nurses take into account if cloth masks are used in nursing practice?” This CC also published six “Evidence Tips”, based on systematic reviews and guidelines.
    • Public Health England’s CC has been involved in a range of activities highlighting the impact of nursing and midwifery on population health and the roles and skill of public health nurses and midwives, reflecting and strengthening the acknowledgement of the role of nurses and midwives in providing excellent, preventative care and ensuring universal coverage, enabling gender progression to a profession and contributing to economic prosperity



Summary of Activities

    • Christian Medical College and Hospital’s CC in India held a national conference on “Qualitative Research Methods.” Colleagues at this CC also participated in a National
    • Community Health Nursing Conference on “CHN’s Trendsetters for Universal Health coverage to combat NCDs,” as well as workshops and webinars on a wide variety of subjects.
    • The University of Nursing (Yangon) carried out inter-professional educational (IPE) activities in 3 phases: the first phase (holding a forum on understanding the roles and responsibilities of different health care providers); and the second and third phases (visit to the community and clinics).  An IPE manual was developed and distributed. Workshop on “Self-assessment Report” writing was held. The PhD in nursing science program was started from 2020, and curricula for a part-time Master of Nursing Science program in Community Health Nursing and Nursing Administration and Management were developed. 
    • On November 18-22, 2019, Mahidol University’s Ramathibodi School of Nursing accepted  two nurses from Myanmar.
    • Chiang Mai University’s Dean Wipada Kunaviktikul participated in an expert group consultation to discuss the regional strategic directions for strengthening midwifery in Southeast Asia region, held in New Delhi from 16-17 December 2019.
    • Chiang Mai University CC worked hard to develop and plan the Biennial Conference for the WHOCCNM Global Network, which due to COVID-19 was held virtually instead in June 2020.



Summary of Activities

    • James Cook University has developed and participated in several key projects, including the Midwifery Study, a Self-Harm project, the Injury Project, and educational activities around resilient communities in disasters.
    • University of Technology Sydney CC has been a part of the collaborative efforts to develop and upgrade the national nursing curriculum for accreditation. The CC has assisted with the collection of complex State of the World’s Nursing report data and has helped to host as well as participate in several regional and national conferences, meetings, and events.
    • St. Luke’s International University developed three key activities; (a) assist WPRO and Member States in the development of community PCC models, based on the values of PHC in the context of aging societies; (b) share Japanese lessons with others on the implementation of health literacy programs, resulting in a better engagement of women and their families with health care providers; and (c) help build capacity in nursing and midwifery education in low resource countries.
    • The Catholic University of Korea was redesignated in early 2020 and has been working to develop and implement the appropriate training in holistic care and help connect research and practice by continuing to facilitate information exchange.