Forty-third session


Report of the Sub-Committee of the Regional Committee on Programmes and Technical Cooperation: Country Visits

         The Regional Committee,

         Having considered the report of the Sub-Committee on Programmes and Technical Cooperation on its visits to China, Cook Islands and Macao to review WHO's collaboration in the field of nursing development within the context of human resources for health;*

         Mindful of resolution WHA45.5 on strengthening nursing and midwifery in support of strategies for health for all;

         Recalling resolutions WPR/RC38.R2 on the role of nursing in primary health care and WHA42.27 on nursing and midwifery personnel;

  1. TAKES NOTE of the findings and endorses the recommendations of the Sub-Committee;
  2. URGES Member States:
    (1) to strengthen the planning and management skills of nurses so that they will be able to participate fully and effectively in the planning and administration of the health services;
    (2) to strengthen the capacity of nurses at the national level to collect and organize information relevant to nursing in order to specify their service needs accurately and ensure the effective utilization of nursing personnel;
    (3) to encourage quality patient-centered nursing care by strengthening the education of nurses and ensuring reasonable working conditions, career opportunities and salaries;
    (4) to revise or enact legislation as needed to ensure that regulatory mechanisms exist to enforce safe nursing practices;
    (5) to promote and support research related to the delivery of nursing services and the most efficient and effective utilization of nursing resources;
    (6) to ensure the allocation of adequate human, financial and logistic resources to support priority nursing services;
  3. REQUESTS the Regional Director:
    (1) to continue to support Member States in their efforts to strengthen the technical capability and compassionate, caring nature of their nursing services;
    (2) to provide the technical support required to implement the provisions of this resolution;
    (3) to ensure that regional activities and policies are developed with appropriate input from the nursing services;
  4. REQUESTS the Sub-Committee, as part of its terms of reference in 1993, to review and analyse the impact of WHO's cooperation with Member States in the field of district health systems.

* WPR/RC43/7

10 August 1992

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