The European Forum of National Nursing and Midwifery Associations (EFNNMA) is the voice of nursing and midwifery within WHO European Region.Working in partnership and strategically with WHO and other key stakeholders we aim to influence health policy, improve the quality of health services and the health of people across the 53 Member States of the Region. We are passionate advocates of the central and unique contribution that Nurses and Midwives make to individual and population health and well-being across Europe and are committed to ensuring both professions are supported to deliver excellence in their practice. As the nature of care changes we believe that strengthening and developing the nursing and midwifery workforce through the provision of lifelong learning and research delivers excellence in public health and people-centered healthcare.
By highlighting innovative and practical approaches, nurses and midwives can influence the culture of stigma attached to HIV through education and communication. Only by ensuring that they have a sound knowledge of sexual health, including HIV/AIDS, and the various modes of transmission and methods of preventing infection, will nurses and midwives act as agents of change to reverse the ravages of this disease. The work of the meeting highlighted the need for action, and the participants, from 33 participating countries, agreed on a final statement on nursing and midwifery in HIV/AIDS client care.