The Royal College of Midwives is a full member of the European Forum of National Nursing and Midwifery Associations (EFNNMA) and World Health Organization (WHO), which was founded in November 1996 to help deliver the public health agenda for Europe into the 21st century.
EFNNMA serves as a link between international and national policy-makers and the 6 million nurses and midwives in the WHO European Region (who constitute the largest group of health care workers in almost every country).
The Forum aims to:
Contribute to, and inform the debate on improving health and the quality of health care in Europe
Promote the exchange of information, ideas and policies between midwifery/nursing associations and the WHO
Support the integration of appropriate policies in line with the Health for All philosophy into nursing/midwifery practice, as well as into basic, postgraduate and continuing nursing and midwifery education
Formulate consensus/policy statements and recommendations on health and nursing/midwifery related issues, developed in consensus and
Undertake pilot projects
The Forum has held annual meetings since October 1997 and reports of these, together with occasional news bulletins and the newsletter, Health Care in Transition, are available from:
European Forum of National Nursing and Midwifery Associations and WHO Secretariat
C/o Nursing and Midwifery Programme
WHO Regional Office for Europe
DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø
Tel: +45 39 17 1361
Fax: +45 39 17 1865
The EFNNMA statement on health workforce from the 14th Annual meeting (Sofia, 29-30 April 2010) is now online.