World Health Organization Human Resources for Health Observer, December 2012

28 February, 2013

World Health Organization Human Resources for Health Observer, December 2012

Enhancing nursing and midwifery capacity to contribute to the prevention, treatment and management of noncommunicable diseases by Linda Sarna, Professor and Lulu Wolf Hassenplug Endowed Chair, School of Nursing, University of California, Los Angeles, USA and Stella Aguinaga Bialous, Senior Consultant, WHO, and President, Tobacco Policy International, San Francisco, California, USA.

Publication details: 

Number of pages: 38
Publication date: February 2013
Languages: English
ISBN: 978 92 4 150415 7

Many interventions for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) exist and are well known. In order to scale up action, involvement of nurses and midwives, the largest category of health workers in most countries, is critical. Evidence shows that nursing and midwifery involvement in NCDs can go beyond prevention, screening/early detection and treatment to include promotion of health. Primary disease prevention is essential to any strategy combating NCDs. Documentation on the role of nurses and midwives in NCDs is an important contributor to the WHO HRH Observatory series.

This document presents interventions in the areas of policy, advocacy, research and education and practice, and the roles that nurses and midwives play. The evidence and intervention options outlined in this document provide an important reference point on NCDs for policy-makers, researchers, educationists, nurses and midwives, and other health-care workers.


WHO Human Resources for Health Observer, Dec 2012