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.
Following a two-year discussion about EFNNMA’s future, member nursing and midwifery associations agreed that the organization has a great potential in influencing WHO policies and playing a key role in supporting WHO initiatives on a country level. This agreement was supported with a decision to establish an autonomous account and secretariat within the EFNNMA independent from WHO allowing to hold the control over financial and practical aspects of EFNNMA functioning. This decision also allowed EFNNMA to focus on professional and strategic collaboration with WHO rather than on administrative issues.