Thirty-eighth session



         The Regional Committee,

         Having considered the report of the Regional Director for the period July 1985 to June 1987 and, in particular, the review of nursing;*

         Recalling resolution WPR/RC33.R14, and resolution WHA30.48, which , inter alia, recommended that Member States should undertake a comprehensive review of the roles and functions of the different types of personnel, including nursing/midwifery personnel, within the context of national health programmes in order to redefine and restructure them to meet, in an interdisciplinary approach, the needs of communities for primary health care;

         Recognizing the contribution of nursing to primary health care and to the health services in general;

         Remembering the Declaration of Tokyo, which calls for new strategies to educate health and medical manpower in the twenty-first century and affirms the reorientation of health services towards primary health care;

  1. URGES Member States:
    (1) to give priority to strengthening nursing/midwifery personnel planning by undertaking a review of the roles and functions of each category within the national health manpower plan;
    (2) to intensify training, retraining and continuing education programmes for nursing/midwifery personnel;
  2. REQUESTS the Regional Director to continue to cooperate with Member States in their efforts to strengthen nursing and midwifery services, with special emphasis on manpower planning and training.

* WPR/RC38/2

10 September 1987

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