Approximately six months have passed since the official launch of Nursing Now, a global collaborative campaign between the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Nursing Now’s vision is to “improve health globally by raising the profile and status of nurses worldwide.”1
In the short time since inception, Nursing Now has become a powerful influence around the world with programs and partnerships in countries such as Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Israel, Turkey, Qatar, China, Taiwan, Singapore, India, Brazil, Jamaica, Mexico, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.
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Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and chronic lung disease, account for almost 70% of all deaths around the world. While management of NCDs is a current focus in many Nursing Now programs, infectious diseases such as HIV and AIDS continue to pose a serious public health challenge, particularly for countries with limited resources. According to the WHO, there were 36.9 million people living with HIV in 2017, of which 1.8 million had become newly infected and 940,000 died from HIV-related causes.3
The African region accounts for the highest percentage of people living with HIV at 25.7 million, over two-thirds of the worldwide total.3
Only 59% of all people living with HIV were receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) in 2017.3
Healthcare providers must be armed with the latest information in order to improve HIV prevention, treatment, and support services for all people living with HIV and/or AIDS.
In July 2018, the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
, along with the National HIV Nurses Associations of the UK and the Netherlands, joined the Nursing Now campaign to “raise awareness about the roles of nurses in global health and supporting people living with HIV in sustained treatment.” Wolters Kluwer Health will begin publishing The Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (JANAC) in January of 2019.
This cutting-edge, international journal is peer-reviewed and provides the most up to date information on HIV/AIDS prevention, evidence-based care management, interprofessional clinical care, research, advocacy, policy, education, epidemiology, and program development. Through this partnership, Wolters Kluwer will publish the journal in its Lippincott Portfolio, broadening the reach to a larger audience.
Through partnerships like this, the impact of nursing will grow strong. We as a profession, should continue to strive to implement change locally to influence healthcare globally.
For more information about Nursing Now, go to: http://www.nursingnow.org/
- Nursing Now (2018). Vision Statement. Retrieved from http://www.nursingnow.org/vision/
- Nursing Now. (2018) News. Retrieved from http://www.nursingnow.org/influencing-ncds-commission-guide/
- World Health Organization (2018). HIV/AIDS Statistics. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/news-room/facts-in-pictures/detail/hiv-aids