This past Tuesday marked the 72nd anniversary of World Health Day, honoring the work of nurses and midwives.
In my career, I have seen nurses and midwives support, educate, and advocate for families. They are on the front lines, catering to the needs of others, managing crises, and finding solutions. Putting the needs of others before their own. Sometimes overlooked and undervalued, they remain the heartbeat of healthcare and play a vital role in global health.
Nurses and midwives stand in the gap. When I lived in the village of Nakahuga, there were hundreds of villagers, but only one doctor. There were times when the doctor would be ill and nurses, midwives, and community health workers stepped in to help. Yes, it was part of their job, but they always seemed to go above and beyond to serve any and everyone. They would even visit the homes of those who were unable to trek the long distance from their home to the clinic.
During a conference I attended a few years ago, I met several nurses from all over the world who were making a difference in their own country, or countries other than their homeland. They were giving their all no matter what obstacles they were faced with. Listening to their stories amazed me.
Nurses and midwives are combating maternal and infant mortality, caring for the sick, consoling those who have lost, and educating others on disease prevention and management. They do it all.
Make sure you thank a healthcare worker for their selflessness and dedication, especially for risking their life to help others during these perilous times.