Celebrating nurses and midwives for World Health Day 2020

Sun, 26 Apr 2020 17:55:00 BST

Showing support for health workers, at this unprecedented time, is more important than ever.

As 2020 is the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, this year’s theme for World Health Day was 'Support Nurses and Midwives', which was particularly fitting to show appreciation for those working on the frontline of the COVID-19 response. Globally, World Health Day was celebrated largely online with many countries experiencing a 'stay at home' order due to coronavirus. People took to social media to flood online spaces with positive messages and support for nurses and midwives working during this global crisis.

In our Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health we created a campaign to show our support for these healthcare professionals which includes our students and staff and encouraged others to do the same.

The campaign consisted of all things nursing and midwifery – from historical Mancunian nursing figures like Ann Chester, to student blogs from our very own nursing and midwifery students and future publications, including an upcoming Manchester BAME Midwives book. We also revisited some key nursing and midwifery stories from the past year including; Dr Judy Ormrod’s trip to Gulu, Manchester Placenta Clinic’s 10th birthday and the annual Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work celebration event.

In an effort to celebrate these excellent healthcare workers in such a difficult time, we used our social media platforms to encourage followers to tweet a thank you to a nurse or midwife in their life.

Just a few of the tweets received:

“Can’t actually find thank yous big enough for my most memorable nurse (and former midwife) this #WorldHealthDay, and the most memorable nurse for so many of her patients over the years – my Mum!”

“I would like to tweet the amazing specialist stop smoking midwives and maternity support workers in GM! Supporting pregnant smokers to quit, extremely proactive and rapidly reacting and chasing services to meet the needs of our communities. #savingbabieslives #QuitforCovid”

“Thank you to all the wonderful nurses who have taken time to help support, participate in or contribute to the #SPEECHstudy, and all those who are working to keep us safe and well during the #COVID19 pandemic. #WorldHealthDay”

You can read all the collated responses here.