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Focus of this year's  campaing

The theme of this year's celebretion is "Expanding the roles of nurses in primary health care". It highlingts the strengthening and expansion of primary health care services, based on the Strategy on Human Resources for Universal Access to Health and Universl Health Coverage, as well as reinforces the concept of the role of advanced practice nurses.

When: May 10, 2018

Time  13:00  - 17:00  (EST)

Where: Webex link 




Agenda: EnglishSpanish - Portuguese

PANEL: Expanding the roles of nurses in Primary Health Care

Moderator: Silvia Cassiani, Advisor on Nursing and Allied Health Personnel, PAHO/WHO


  • Claudia Leija, Director of Nursing and General Coordinator of the Permanent Commission of Nursing, Ministry of Health, Mexico
  • Susan Orsega, Chief of Nursing of the Public Health Service, United States
  • Manoel Carlos Neri, President of the Federal Council of Nursing, Brazil
  • Ruth Martin-Misener, Professor , Nursing School, Dalhousie University, Canada
  • Carmen Loaiza Madriz, National Coordinator of Nursing, Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social, Costa Rica
  • Nester Edwards, Chair of the Regional Nursing Body, CARICOM. Chief Nursing Officer of the Ministry of Health and Social Security, Grenada

Advocacy materials


English #InternationalNursesDay #HealthForAll

Spanish #DíaInternacionalEnfermería #SaludParaTodos

Portuguese #DiaInternacionaldoEnfermeiro #SaudeParaTodos


Twitter covers - pdf English pdf Spanish

Facebook cover -  pdf English/ pdf Spanish 

Facebook cover - pdf English and Spanish

Banners 78.7 x 33.4  pdf English pdf Spanish - pdf Portuguese


PAHO/WHO in the Human Resources Strategy for Access and Universal Health Coverage urges the countries of the Region to develop strategies to achieve the maximum deployment of professional competencies, according to appropriate models of coordination and supervision, including the change of tasks and the incorporation of new professional profiles.

Nursing can contribute to reducing barriers in access to quality health care equitably, but requires, above all, the political interest and the development of strategies and plans that seek to increase the number of nurses qualified, and expand its role in Primary Health Care.

Experiences from other countries show that advanced practice nurses can improve access to health care in areas with medical deficits, maximize access to Primary Health Care and allow intensive monitoring of patients with chronic diseases. Latin America and the Caribbean should take these experiences into account in order to improve universal access and coverage of health. 

Publication: Expanding the roles of nurses in Primary Health Care. PAHO, 2018.


Available in Spanish - English - Portuguese