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Every year, the International Council of Nurses chooses a theme for International Nurses Day, celebrated on 12 May, the birthday of Florence Nightingale. For the past two years we have celebrated the voice of nursing with the theme Nurses: A Voice to Lead. In 2017, we discussed the role of the nursing voice in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, and in 2018, we looked at the human right to health. This year, we look at the nursing voice from the standpoint of Health for All.

Nurses all over the world every day are advocating for Health for All in the most challenging circumstances with limited resources to deliver health care to those most in need. This can be seen in Uganda (p. 20) where the nursing staff visit villages to teach basic health tips particularly related to personal and household hygiene and sanitation. The nurses build close relationships with the community and collaborate with the local Village Health Worker. It can also be seen in the USA (p. 6), where nurses are partnering with social workers to develop deep community relationships and local expertise to bring high-quality health care and coordinated services to individuals struggling with homelessness, addiction and transition from incarceration. And nurses, who are closest to the patient, are also helping to bring their voice to the policy table. The first ever UN High-Level Meeting (HLM) on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) will be held during the 2019 United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). This is an opportunity for nursing to let our voice be heard. We need to be prepared, and this resource and evidence document will help nurses around the globe understand the various aspects of universal health coverage and the role of nurses. ICN believes that nurses, as part of a multidisciplinary team, can create health systems that take into account the social, economic, cultural and political determinants of health.

We can address health inequalities and, through a refocusing on health promotion and illness prevention, using a population health approach, we can improve the health of everyone everywhere. And finally, we believe that the time is ripe for nurses to assert their leadership. As the largest health profession across the world, working in all areas where health care is provided, nursing has vast potential and value if appropriately harnessed to finally achieve the vision of Health for All.

Annette Kennedy
President International Council of Nurses

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We, the participants in the 4th ENSP-SRP International Conference on Tobacco Control 2019, meeting in Bucharest, Romania, on 27-29 March 2019, having heard from leading world authorities on human rights and tobacco control and explored efforts undertaken by a wide range of international organizations, civil society, and scholars to translate this vision into practice, recognize the value of combining efforts of the human rights and tobacco control communities to put an end to the tobacco epidemic.


We reaffirm the support of the European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP) at its 3rd International Conference for the Cape Town Declaration on Human Rights and a Tobacco-Free World. Accordingly, we applaud the determination, expressed in the preamble to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), of States Parties “to give priority to the right to protect public health,” and to respect the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, as expressed in Article 12 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).


We agree that the manufacture, marketing and sale of tobacco are incompatible with human rights, in particular, the right to health, the rights of children and women, the right to development, and the right to a healthy environment. We support the position taken by the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, in its General Comment No. 14, that the “failure to discourage production, marketing and consumption of tobacco” constitutes a violation of the obligation to protect under Article 12 (the right to health) of the ICESCR. We further affirm that commerce in tobacco products and second-hand smoke, among other priorities in tobacco control, have negative impacts on human rights


As citizens of Europe, we are deeply committed to the human rights undertakings of the founding documents and other human rights commitments of the European Union and the Council of Europe, which we value as standards relevant to our struggle for a tobacco-free world.


Therefore, we appeal to Governments to fully comply with their obligations under the WHO FCTC and human rights treaties they have ratified to prioritize human rights over the interests of the tobacco industry and to accelerate action, build partnerships and protect integrity, consistent with the WHO FCTC “Global Strategy to Accelerate Tobacco Control: Advancing Sustainable Development through the Implementation of the WHO FCTC 2019–2025.” We encourage tobacco control activists to work with human rights advocates in using the full range of human rights mechanisms to hold governments accountable for effective tobacco control action as part of realizing the right to health.


We welcome the contributions of intergovernmental organizations and other stakeholders to the promotion of effective action for tobacco control as a contribution to the Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs and the 2030 Development Agenda and commit to working with them to make human rights a cross-cutting dimension of these global strategies.


Policy Brief – Professional Community Services for Family Preservation

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Problem Statement:  In the last 20-30 years, the Eastern Partnership countries are in the process of systemic changes.  In the context of social protection system reforms, democracy, human rights, and decentralization of the power have been among the most significant ideologies in this region.

At this stage, the processes have reached to the point where there is a need to re-interpret and reform the past. The reason is that sectoral developments have been so far fragmental and aimed at responding to the certain problems in crisis situation.

The approaches that have been applied  in this area were based on the basis of general and standardized distribution. As a result, no proportionate investment has been made towards prevention of social risks and introduction of proactive approaches in community-based social services, which would strengthen the family’s potential to care for their children and other family members. More than that, the states are not ready to face new challenges of the modern world and new services required by beneficiaries, which brings again social protection in to an uncertain environment.

Strategies to Address the Problem: Experiences show that community-based services are the closest to both families and children and better aware about the local issues. Specialists at this level also possess local, sub-cultural context.The cost of social support and social protection system, which is the foundation of such a standardized organizational approach is extremely high: there is no comprehensive response to problems and these problems are constantly being reproduced. Therefore, people continue to be dependent on social programs, not seeing other alternatives and beliving that state its entirely responsible for their assistance and support.

This means that introduction and and maintaining of  few core principles will allow to design a more effective system of child and family support social services, which on one hand will mitigate existing social risks and, on the other hand,  will prevent its further deeper manifestation.

In particular,

  • Professionalization of family support social services with an inclusion of multidisciplinary teams
  • Adjustment of the existing services to the needs of families in communities including the promotion of community participation
  • Ensuring sustainability of service provision
  • Mobilization of community resources and promotion of cooperation at local level
  • Development of a culture of partnership and cooperation between state and non-state actors;


Recommendations: In this context, the governments and the key actors of relevant fields should undertake the following steps:

  • Decentralize social services by not only transiting service provision, but also shifting financial resources and management functions to the community level.
  • Establish community-based, viable social services in particular areas; ensure specialists with necessary professional skills and knowledge (tailored trainings and courses) including support staff with professional background, as well as social workers, who will act on evidence-based approaches.
  • Delegate mandate and responsibilities to community-based social services with an aim to strengthen families in communities
  • Continue investments towards enhancement of community-based networks of social services considering their preventive nature.

Rationalize the procedure of providing supportive and empowering services to families through harmonization of referral mechanisms and intervention methodologies.

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Strategy of the Nursing Association of the Republic of Moldova (NARM)

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 The Nursing Association of the Republic of Moldova (NARM)

The Nursing Association of Republic of Moldova (NARM) is a professional and scientific, non-governmental, non-profit, apolitical organisation formed in 1994 and registered at the Ministry of Justice in 1997 by an initiative group formed of 30 nurses.

The Association has managed to extend its network successfully by founding 64 branches throughout the republic. Since 1997 it is the full member of the European Forum of Nursing Associations, of the World Health Organisation, is the honorific member of the Sigma-Theta-Thai (U.S.A), of the European Palliative Care Association, member of the Help Age International link and member of the World Christian Nurse Association. The Association unites specialists in different fields of activity: nursing in paediatrics, oncology, psychiatry, community nursing, Christian nurses, etc.

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Raport “Nursele – o sursa vitala: sanatatea este un drept uman” 12 mai 2018

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Raport propus de Organizaţia Mondială a Sănătăţii şi Consiliul Internaţional
al Nurselor cu ocazia Zilei Internaţionale a Nurselor
12 mai 2018
“Nursele – o sursă vitală: sănătatea este un drept uman”

Mesaj din partea Președintelui Consiliului Internațional al Nurselor
Consiliul Internațional al Nurselor (ICN) consideră că sănătatea este un drept uman. ICN se află în fruntea promovării accesului la sănătate, iar nursele sunt cheia furnizării acesteia. În întreaga lume, există persoane și comunități ce suferă de boli din cauza lipsei serviciilor accesibile de îngrijire a sănătății. Însă trebuie să ţinem minte că dreptul la sănătate se aplică și nurselor! Ştim cu toţii că îmbunătăţirea calităţii şi siguranţei pacienţilor depinde de mediul pozitiv de lucru pentru personalul medical. Acest fapt înseamnă dreptul la un mediu sigur de lucru, remunerare adecvată, acces la resurse și educație. Aici putem adăuga şi dreptul de a fi auzit și de a avea dreptul în luarea deciziilor și implementarea politicilor de dezvoltare!

Fiind o forţă globală a nurselor, ICN va continua să-şi exprime părerea şi viziunea sa. În 2018, ICN face acest lucru mai convingător ca oricând. Urmând genericul din 2018: “Nursele – o sursă vitală: sănătatea este un drept uman”, acest document prezintă dovezi convingătoare ce arată modul în care investițiile în asistența medicală duc la dezvoltarea economică; și modul în care îmbunătățirea condițiilor de viaţă ale oamenilor duc la societăți sănătoase și economie productivă.

Pentru nurse, sănătatea fiind un drept uman înseamnă că toți oamenii au dreptul la acces la servicii de îngrijire a sănătății la un preț accesibil și de calitate, într-un moment în care au nevoie cel mai mult. La moment există nurse lideri care lucrează zilnic în instituții medicale ce pot lua o decizie importantă pentru profesie.

În această Zi Internațională a Nurselor, să ne alăturăm împreună pentru a împărtăși modul în care nursele pot transforma sistemul de sănătate astfel încât nici o persoană să nu rămână în urmă. Să ne unim vocile pentru a fi o voce care să conducă prin susținerea unei abordări centrată pe individ în sistemul de sănătate și să ne asigurăm că vocile noastre sunt auzite la influențarea politicii de sănătate, planificare și furnizare.

În numele tuturor de la ICN, felicitări de Ziua Internațională a Nurselor!

Annette Kennedy,

Președintele Consiliului Internațional al Nurselor

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To Mrs. Stela Grigoras,
The Minister for Health, Labor and Social Protection

Dear Mrs. Minister,

We hereby inform you that in order to improve the social field and its professional associations in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and the Republic of Moldova, Hilfswerk Austria International, in cooperation with local partner organizations – social worker associations or similar organizations – implements the Sustainable Social Change project.

The aim of the Project is to contribute to increasing social well-being of vulnerable groups in the Eastern Neighborhood countries by developing and improving the concept and access to social services in the region through Professional Associations.

The project also involves supporting local social associations to engage in legislative and policy changes in order to establish mechanisms for professional improvement, the protection of the profession and the development of professional regulatory measures.

As a result, the Nursing Association of the Republic of Moldova, being the implementer of the Project, jointly developed with the specialized representatives of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Protection and the representatives of non-governmental organizations the Concept of intersectoral cooperation in the provision of home care services, attached, for approval.

With great respect and sincere gratitude  for good collaboration,
Elena Stempovscaia
President of the Nursing Association of the Republic of Moldova.

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Ассоциация Нурсинга Республики Молдова
Госпоже Стелле Григораш
Министру Здравоохранения, Труда и Социальной Защиты

Уважаемая госпожа министр,

Настоящим сообщаем, что для улучшения социальной области и своих профессиональных ассоциаций в Армении, Азербайджане, Грузии и Республике Молдова, Hilfswerk Austria International при сотрудничестве с местными организациями партнерами – ассоциациями социальных работников или подобными организациями – внедряет проект Длительные изменения в социальной области.

Целью проекта является способствование роста социального благосостояния уязвимых групп в соседних восточных странах путём развития и улучшения концепции и доступа к социальным услугам региона посредством профессиональных ассоциаций.

Также, проект привлекает поддержку местных социальных ассоциаций для внедрения изменений на законодательном и политическом уровне с целью установления механизмов по профессиональному улучшению, защиты профессии и развитию мер профессионального регулирования.

Исходя из этого Ассоциация Нурсинга Республики Молдова, являясь специалистом по внедрению намеченного проекта, совместно с специальными представителями министерства Здравоохранения, Труда и Социальной Защиты и представительствами неправительственных организаций создали концепцию межсекторного сотрудничества для предоставления услуг по уходу на дому и представляют его в приложении на утверждение.

С почтением, уважением и признательностью на дальнейшее сотрудничество,
Елена Степмповская
Председатель Ассоциация Нурсинга Республики Молдова

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Centrul Est European de Excelență al Nurselor pentru Controlul Tutunului II

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Centrul Est European de Excelență al Nurselor pentru Controlul Tutunului II NEWSLETTER 3 • AUGUST – OCTOMBRIE 2017

La 25 octombrie 2017 activitatea de e-learning a fost începută cu succes în patru (Cehia, Ungaria, Slovenia, România) din cele şase ţări din proiectul EE-COE II!! Îi felicităm pe cei implicaţi şi le mulţumim pentru întreaga muncă şi pregătire care a făcut ca acest lucru să fie posibil.

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