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Nursing Now – campaign

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Nursing Now, a three-year global campaign (2018-2020), aims to improve health by raising the profile and status of nursing worldwide. Run in collaboration with the World Health Organization and the International Council of Nurses, Nursing Now seeks to empower nurses to take their place at the heart of tackling 21st Century health challenges and maximize their contribution to achieving Universal Health Coverage

The campaign will focus on five core areas: ensuring that nurses and midwives have a more prominent voice in health policy-making; encouraging greater investment in the nursing workforce; recruiting more nurses into leadership positions; conducting research that helps determine where nurses can have the greatest impact; and sharing of best nursing practices.

The campaign is based on the findings of the Triple Impact report. The report concluded that as well as improving health globally, empowering nurses would contribute to improved gender equality – as the vast majority of nurses are women – and build stronger economies.

The campaign is being run as a programme of the Burdett Trust for Nursing, an independent charitable trust based in the UK. The Campaign Board includes individuals from 16 countries alongside representatives from the International Council of Nurses and the Burdett Trust for Nursing as well as the Director of WHO’s Health Workforce Department, Jim Campbell. The campaign is co-chaired by Lord Nigel Crisp, co-chair of the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health, and Professor Sheila Tlou, Co-Chair of the Global HIV Prevention Coalition.


Nurses: o voice to lead – Health for all!

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Every year, on May 12, we celebrate the work of nurses whose role in the healthcare system is major. The International Nurses Day is celebrated worldwide to highlight the important role of this profession. May 12 marks the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of this profession. She founded the first nursing school at “St. Thomas” in London in 1860.

Today nurses represent the largest category among healthcare professionals. This is understandable because they carry most of the work in a medical facility. We are a profession – a profession that deserves respect and distinction. We want nurses to participate actively in decision-making so that they can directly forward the messages to everyone and their voice to be heard.

The achievements and the problems faced by the nurses were discussed at the National Conference on the International Nurses Day with the title “Nurses – a leading voice in health for all”, which took place in Falesti. The organizers of the event are the Nursing Association of Moldova, Falesti rayon council,  Falesti Hospital and Falesti Health Center. The inauguration of the conference took place with an  ensemble of violinists and the folk ensemble “Favorit”. Dr. Viorel Babii – the district president, Mr. Iurie Osoianu – Director of the Hospital and Mrs. Nina Sciastlivii – head of Falesti Health Center, welcomed the participants with opening speeches. The works of the national conference continued with issues related to the health system in the Republic of Moldova, where presenters were Mrs. Elena Stempovscaia – the president of the Nursing Association of Moldova, Mrs. Virginia Salaru – vicedecan of Medicine University “Nicolae Testemitanu”, Mrs. Maria Munteanu – assistant professor, Vice-president of the Nursing Association, Mrs. Tatiana Dnestrean – Expert, HEALTHY LIFE Project, Mrs. Mariana Negrean – Deputy Director of Center of Excellence in Medicine and Pharmacy “Raisa Pacalo”, Mr. Andrei Esanu, Mrs. Svetlana Nojac – Representative of the Company “Nestle”.

For outstanding merit in the health area, nurses were granted with diplomas from the Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Protection and the National Union “HEALTH”. The National Conference is part of a large number of activities undertaken within the Nursing Now Campaign, including:

  1. Charity actions – nurses from two hospitals in Chisinau – Municipal Hospital for Children “V.Ignatenco” and Municipal Hospital for Children No.1 organized humanitarian aid and helped two vulnerable families.
  2. Participation in the Charity Concert “Helpful Hands” to support home care services, (attended by 100 nurses)
  3. In the medical institutions were organized flashmobs to support the “Nursing Now” campaign, the winners of this event were: I place – Institute of Urgent Medicine, II place – Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery, III place – Dental Clinic for the children
  4. Contest for “Best Nurse” voted by patients at district, republican, municipal, and primary health care levels. The winners are: Angela Vieru – Glodeni District Hospital, Vera Busuioc – Municipal Clinical Hospital Nr.1, Elena Rosca – Oncological Institute and Olga Aga – IMSP Health Center Râşcani district, Chisinau
  5. Photo contest from the activity of nurses: I place – Institute of Urgent Medicine; II place – Hospital of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Protection and the Republican Clinical Hospital; III place – Mother and Child Institute and Municipal Children’s Clinical Hospital No.1
  6. Another contest was for the best essay “My choice to become a nurse” were written 118 essays. All essays were mentioned with the “Dedication to Profession” badge and the essays have been published in the book “Golden Files from the History of Nurses of the Republic of Moldova”.

We wish to congratulate all nurses with this professional holiday! Good luck should always accompany you, and dreams come true! We wish you health, peace and warmth in your families!


EE-COE II End Project Meeting

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Tobacco consumption is one of the causes of preventable death. In the 20th century, tobacco consumption killed 100 million people. In 2015, more than 1.1 billion people were smokers. More than 600,000 people, over 25% of whom will die due to exposure to secondhand smoke. By 2030, the total deaths from tobacco use could increase to 8 million people annually.

On June 5, 2019, the Nursing Association of Moldova participated in the end project meeting which took place in Bled, Slovenia. Three people participated on behalf of the Nursing Association of Moldova. During the end project meeting, each participating country presented its final report on the project. Each country presented its planned activities, the problems, barriers encountered, and the lessons learned under the project. Under the EE-COE II project, the Nursing Association of Moldova has carried out a series of activities:

  1. Dissemination of project activities
    a) web page, Facebook social network
    b) monthly meetings of the Nursing Association Council
    c) publishing articles in NURSING magazine (total published – 15 articles)
  1. Informing the community by presenting a communication at the National Conferences on Tobacco Cessation
    a) National Conferences on International Nurses Day – 3 conferences with a total number of participants 1310
    b) Institutional Conferences – 3 conferences with a total number of participants 295
    c) Presentations at 2 International Conferences
  1. Distance learning (e-learning) with a result of 20 nurses who have completed all the learning stages.
  1. Flashmobs – 4 with a total of 335 participants
  1. Short seminars for different categories of nurses (from the hospital, health centers, schools, family nurses, etc.) and medical students – 5 short seminars with a total of 102 participants
  1. Publication of the Nurse’s Guide – Tobacco Control (information and interventions for nurses) distributed 800 copies
  1. In-person nursing workshops (training course)
    a) 1 year – 5 workshops with a total number of participants 114
    b) 2 year – 8 workshops with a total number of participants 233

Problems and difficulties

  • Lack of a statistical database at country level
  • Lack of knowledge in information technologies by nurses
  • Lack of access to computers and Internet in rural regions
  • Barriers and pressures from the tobacco industry

Lessons Learned

  • International experience in training strong leaders and fight against smoking
  • Obtaining leadership skills at European level
  • Creating examples of good practices for future projects.

On June 6, the team from Moldova had the opportunity to attend the 12th International Scientific Conference “Challenges and needs of the society in the area of prevention and promotion of health at all levels of health care”. At the conference participated nurses from various countries as Italy, Hungary, Slovenia, Kazakhstan, Canada, the UK, Kosovo and many others. The presentations were actual and very interesting for all nurses as were presented scientific data and research in nursing are.


World Health Day

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World Health Day is celebrated this year with the theme “Universal Coverage with Basic Health Services,” which reflects the World Health Organization’s number one Objective. People need to get the care they need, when they need and where they live. However, many people in the world and many in the world are still forced to choose between health and daily expenses, such as food, clothing, housekeeping, etc.

The World Health Day event was organized by the World Health Organization, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Protection, the “N. Testemitanu” University of Medicine and especially the nurses who were very active: the IMSP Emergency Institute of Medicine, University Clinic, IMSP Cardiology Clinic, IMSP Hospital of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Protection, IMSP Mother and Child Institute, IMSP Municipal Hospital for Children No.1, IMSP Central Military Clinic Hospital, IMSP AMT Buiucani and IMSP AMT Center, IMSP Straşeni Health Center, IMSP Varnita Health Center.

“Being healthy, it’s fashionable!” Emotions at maximum, positive energy, smiles and good will. World Health Day is not about age, everyone participated in this event. Those present at the event had the opportunity to measure their pulse, blood pressure, weight gain, blood glucose, cholesterol, and receive advice from specialist doctors. Of particular interest and great curiosity was the new method of handwashing and laser scanning.

Congratulations on World Health Day, dear colleagues!

Beautiful silver stethoscope with reflection and blue tint

Nursing now

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Press Release – “Global nursing campaign launched by HRH the Duchess of Cambridge with nurses and health leaders across the world.

Nursing Now campaign to empower and support nurses in meeting 21st century health challenges”

London – The Duchess of Cambridge will today join nurses and other health leaders across the world in launching a global campaign aimed at raising the profile and status of nursing. The campaign recognises that nurses are at the heart of countries’ efforts to provide health for all. As one of the most trusted professions, nurses provide effective and quality care for people of all ages and are central in addressing the increasing burden of noncommunicable diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

Speaking at the launch event at St Thomas’ Hospital, London, The Duchess will join the World Health Organization’s Chief Nursing Officer, the President of the International Council of Nurses, health leaders and nurses from countries around the world calling on governments, health professionals and service users to value nurses and champion their leadership in providing the best quality of care.

The three-year global campaign is being run as a programme of the Burdett Trust for Nursing, in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The London event is being linked up with a launch event in Geneva, Switzerland, hosted by the Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève (the Geneva University Hospitals), in the presence of WHO DirectorGeneral, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and global nursing advocate, Princess Muna Al-Hussein of Jordan and senior ICN Executives and Board. The campaign will also be launched in countries including South Africa, Uganda and the United States of America.

Nurses are the lynchpin of health teams, playing a crucial role in health promotion, disease prevention, treatment and care. The WHO estimates that nurses and midwives represent nearly one-half of the total number of health workers around the world. However, for all countries to reach Sustainable Development Goal 3 of health and well-being for all at all ages, WHO estimates that the world will need an additional 9 million nurses and midwives by 2030. These additional jobs represent a global opportunity for investment in health workers. The job benefits will be particularly beneficial for women and young people as demonstrated by the report of the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth.

Nursing Now Co-Chair Professor Sheila Tlou said: “The Nursing Now campaign is about supporting nurses to lead, to learn and to strengthen the profession. We will equip them through training, support and the development of political leadership skills to take their rightful place at the table when decisions are being taken about the future shape of healthcare in their countries.”

Annette Kennedy, President of the ICN said: “The International Council of Nurses is proud to be part of Nursing Now. Through our 133 national nursing associations, we know of the great work nurses are doing to deliver care and improve health, but we also know how tough their working lives can be. Nurses are the answer but we need real investment and support.”

ICN will today release a report and set of resources for nurses to use under the theme “Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Health is a Human Right.” This International Nurses Day report, being launched early, is one way in which ICN brings nursing solutions from around the world to the global policy table.

Elizabeth Iro, WHO’s Chief Nursing Officer, said: “Health workers are the DNA of health systems. They are a Ministry of Health’s biggest asset. Nurses and midwives represent the largest share of health workers and provide care for our families and our communities when we need them most. WHO is delighted to collaborate on the campaign to support nurses and midwives around the world in assisting their countries to achieve Universal Health Coverage.”

Nursing Now was founded by nurses and other health experts based on the findings of the 2016 Triple Impact report produced by the UK’s All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health Co-Chaired by Lord Nigel Crisp who is also Co-Chair of the Nursing Now board. The report concluded that strengthening nursing globally would have a triple impact of improving health, improving gender equality by empowering women and building stronger economies. Universal Health Coverage will not be achieved unless nursing is strengthened.

Notes to Editors

Media contact:

For further information, photos or footage please contact: Sagal Ali at or +44 (0)7971 475164

About Nursing Now

Nursing Now is a three-year global campaign run in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses and the World Health Organization. Nursing Now aims to improve health globally by raising the profile and status of nurses worldwide – influencing policymakers and supporting nurses themselves to lead, learn and build a global movement.

About the World Health Organization

The World Health Organization is the directing and coordinating authority on international health within the United Nations’ system. Key areas of work are: providing leadership on matters critical to health and engaging in partnerships where joint action is needed; shaping the research agenda and stimulating the generation, translation and dissemination of valuable knowledge; setting norms and standards and promoting and monitoring their implementation; articulating ethical and evidence-based policy options; providing technical support, catalysing change, and building sustainable institutional capacity; and monitoring the health situation and assessing health trends.

For further information, contact:

Alison Brunier (in London)
Communications Officer
World Health Organization
Mobile : +41 79 701 9480
Email :

Fadela Chaib (in Geneva)
Communications Officer
World Health Organization
Mobile : +41 79 475 5556
Email :

About the International Council of Nurses (ICN)

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is a federation of more than 130 national nurses associations representing the millions of nurses worldwide. Operated by nurses and leading nursing internationally, ICN works to ensure quality care for all and sound health policies globally.

To view the International Nurses Day report:

For further information, contact:

Julie Clerget at:
Tel: +41 22 908 0100
Fax: +41 22 908 0101
@ICNurses #IND2018

To download this document click here.


Tobacco cessation

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The Moldovan team under the project organized in the period of September 2018 – February 2019 five in-person workshops (29.09.2018; 06.11.2018; 13.11.2018; 07.02.2019; 13.02.2019). The target groups for the workshops were nurses from various settings: family nurses, nurses from schools, nurses from primary care, and nurses from regions of the country. The trainers of the workshops were Stempovscaia Elena, the lead nurse in the project, Munteanu Maria, Advisory Board and Cociug Angela, in-person workshop trainer. The total number of participants at the in-person workshops were 128 people. We are very proud that we could cover a big number of nurses in the workshops. Through these trainings nurses learned techniques of anti-smoking interventions among different categories of smokers: children, pupils / students, military, medical staff, pregnant women, etc. The exchange of experience gained within the workshops was welcomed.

We had the opportunity to present the project itself and some information on tobacco cessation during two National Conferences organized in Chisinau. The first conference was for family nurses, which was held on 01.11.2018 with the total number of 170 participants. The presenter was Munteanu Maria, Advisory Board who underlined once again the significant role of nurses in tobacco control, given the fact that they have direct contact with all categories of people. This role is reflected in the provision of minimal advice (risk awareness) by continuing to provide support and control of smoking cessation.

The second conference was for medical staff of the Medical Emergency Institute, which was held on 15.11.2018 with the total number of 75 participants. The presenter was Pînteac Olga, one of in-person workshop’s trainers. The theme of the conference was “Smoking – a threat for health and wellbeing” which highlighted smoking as one of the biggest causes of death and illnesses in Republic of Moldova. Every year people in the country die from smoking, with many more living with debilitating smoking-related illnesses. It can increase your risk of developing more serious health conditions, which some may be fatal, and others can cause irreversible long-term damage to people’s health.

In-person workshop’s trainers had the possibility to exchange their knowledge acquired during the workshops to other nurses, medical staff and students. The trainer, Damian Liliana organized two short seminars on tobacco cessation (02.11.2018 / 05.11.2018) for military staff from the Central Military Hospital with a total number of 84 participants. Other trainers, Postica Ludmila and Scoarţă Ecaterina organized for medical students short seminars (05.12.2018 / 10.12.2018) on the risks of smoking. The seminars took place in the Excellence Center of Medicine and Pharmacy “R.Pacalo” in Chisinau. The students were eager to learn new information on smoking cessation with experience exchange.



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EU supports professionalization of social workers in Eastern Partnership countries Regional conference of EU-funded project Social Workers in Collaboration for Social Change shows how social workers can effectively support vulnerable groups in Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Moldova. Thanks to the project social workers associations improved their capacities to strengthen their 10.500 members as well as 160 local organizations.

Tbilisi, 28 March – At the closing conference of the project Social Workers in Collaboration for Social Change; the project consortium highlighted the results achieved over the course of the project and discussed implications for the future development of the social workers profession in the region.

Speaking at the opening of the conference, Vincent Rey, Head of Cooperation Section of the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, stated, Thanks to this project and the support from the European Union local social workers; associations have improved and broadened their services. Professional and accessible social work is instrumental for positive social change. We are proud to support the effort social workers; associations are undertaking to empower vulnerable groups and strengthen families in the regions of Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Moldova.

Gerhard Schaumberger, Head of the Austrian Development Agency Georgia Office, commented, “We are proud to contribute to strengthening the professional social work in Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Moldova. Social workers are critical members of society who work diligently to elieve suffering and improve the lives of people. Through their commitment to promote social change and empower people, social workers play an important role in improving the lives of those who need it most.”
During the opening session Nino Shatberashvili, Chairperson Georgian Association of Social Workers, stated, Social Work is a supporting profession – it supports individuals in the realization of their social
rights and its supports the state to a great degree in the realization of the expectations people have towards the state in terms of their well-being and improvement of their standards of life. This profession is very powerful. It supports and transforms welfare systems.”

Project Achievements
Besides discussing current questions of social reforms and the professionalization of social work in the region, the main results and achievements of the project Social Workers in Collaboration for Social Change were presented: Social workers associations in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Moldova improved their organizational capacities as well as their information services and outreach activities to their 10.500 members and supporters, intensified collaboration with 160 local organizations so they can provide more effective, targeted and coordinated services to vulnerable groups, and also developed and successfully lobbied for 16 new professional concepts and papers on improvement of standards, laws and regulations in the social field.

Furthermore, 15 small grants were awarded to 24 local CSOs in Armenia, Georgia and Moldova with a total grant sum of EUR 540.000 and an average grant amount of EUR 36.000. The small grants covered 8 regions of Georgia, 5 regions of Armenia and 9 regions of Moldova. Local CSOs increased their capacities and skills on social work and service delivery, on inter-sectorial cooperation with other stakeholders and on empowering vulnerable population groups, especially families, to contribute to family strengthening and preservation. The small grants programme reached approximately 3500 direct beneficiaries and stakeholders (social workers, representatives of CSOs, authorities, media, etc.), established 81 functioning mechanisms of inter-agency/inter- sectorial cooperation on a local or regional level to more effectively and efficiently render targeted support to families and children in need, elaborated 44 handbooks / brochures / training modules, and conducted approximately 200 info-meetings and awareness raising measures.

Project Key Data
The European Union and the Austrian Development Agency support the project "Social Workers in Collaboration for Social Change. It is implemented by the Austrian organization Hilfswerk International" in cooperation with the Georgian Association of Social Workers (GASW), the Armenian Association of Social Workers (AASW), the Azerbaijan Social Work Public Union (ASWPU) and the Nursing Association of the Republic of Moldova (NARM) in the time period August 2015 until May 2018 with a total budget of EUR 1,079,413.

The main aim of the project has been to contribute to the social well-being of vulnerable groups, to greater social justice and social change by developing and strengthening the concept of and access to social work in the four project countries.

“Support is good, professional social work is better”

For additional information please contact:
Nicole Maria Bauer
Hilfswerk International, Regional Manager South Caucasus

Nino Shatberashvili
Georgian Association of Social Workers, Chairperson
Office Phone.: + 995 32 239 00 71

Tamriko Mikadze
Press and Information Officer, Delegation of the European Union to Georgia
Office Phone: +995 32 2943763


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Parteneriat – Adunarea generala: „Centrul de Excelență a nurselor din Europa de est în controlul tutunului”

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Adunarea generală în cadrul proiectului regional: „Centrul de Excelență a nurselor din Europa de est în controlul tutunului – formarea nurselor lideri în tratarea dependenței de tutun“

Proiectul dat se bazează pe implementarea instruirii în controlul tutunului, care susține, pe termen lung, modificările standardelor practice de îngrijire medicală. Proiectul implică șase țări: Republica Cehă (în calitate de lider regional), Ungaria, România, Slovacia, Slovenia și Republica Moldova.

image_1_partenersGrupul țintă sunt nursele, cel mai mare grup de profesioniști de îngrijire medicală profesională, care are în mod clar cel mai mare impact asupra evoluției prevalenței fumatului și încercarea de renunțare printre personalul medical și pacienți. Scopurile principale ale proiectului sunt: sporirea cunoștințelor nurselor și capacitatea leadership în tratamentul dependenței fumatului, contribuția în prevenirea cancerului, și crearea posibilităților de a influența instruirea nursing și standardele practice prin  advocacy în Europa Centrală și de Est.

Pentru Republica Moldova a fost o deosebită onoare să fie parte componentă a acestui proiect  internaţional, care s-a alăturat proiectului la 1 februarie 2017, datorită grantului oferit de către Fundaţia Bristol-Meyers Squibb. Suntem convinşi, că această colaborare va contribui la promovarea spiritului participativ și stimularea nurselor din RM, precum și va crea un sistem complex de informare a populației și de consiliere pentru abandonul fumatului.

Astfel, pe data de 20 martie, 2018 la Bucureşti a avut loc adunarea generală a ţărilor partenere pentru a raporta rezultatele activităţilor în cadrul proiectului după un an de implementare. În cadrul adunării au participat reperezentanţii ţărilor partenere cât şi donatorii proiectului. Din partea RM au participat Dna Munteanu Maria, consultant principal în cadrul proiectului şi Dna Tîrziu Liliana, traducător.Image2_parteners

În cadrul acestei întruniri a fost prezentat raportul final privind implementarea activităţilor în cadrul proiectului în RM. Punctele forte ale proiectului fiind experienţa internaţională; metode şi forme noi de transmitere a informaţiei anti-fumat pentru asistenţi medicali, populaţie şi fumători; conştientizarea mai aprofundată a riscului fumatului şi implicarea mai activă a asistenţilor medicali în combaterea acestui viciu periculos.

Activităţile proiectului au inclus sesiuni de workshop cu participarea a 115 asistenţi medicali, organizarea diverselor flashmob-uri cu ocazia Zilei Anti-fumat, lansarea cursului de instruire online pentru asistenţi medicali şi diseminarea diverselor activităţi în cadrul proiectului.

Prin această cale aducem sincere mulţumiri echipei de coordonare şi finanţare a acestui proiect şi tuturor partenerilor participanţi în acest proiect important de colaborare.


Munteanu Maria,
Consultant principal în cadrul proiectului în RM


Training “Project management”

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Training “Project management”

under the regional project:

Social workers in collaboration for social change in eastern neighbourhood countries

implemented by the Nursing Association of RM with the financial support of the European Union

and Austrian Development Cooperation in partnership with Hilfswerk Austria International


Training workshop “Training the nurses leaders in the treatment of tobacco addiction”

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During the period 19-20 January 2018, the Nursing Association of Moldova organized the training workshop “Training the nurses leaders in the treatment of tobacco addiction”, in collaboration with the Center for Treatment of Tobacco Dependence and the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care. 46 trainers have been trained in the treatment of tobacco dependence from different regions of the republic. In turn, these trainers will train other healthcare professionals about the risk of smoking.