Engaging Colleagues: Improving Global Health Outcomes
Health, which is central to development, has been identified as a critical indicator for sustainable development. Indeed, of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted as part of the United Nations Declaration in September 2000, three focus specifically on health. The deadline for fulfilling most of the MDGs is 2015. In mid-2014, as we look beyond the MDGs to the next phase, the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, the debate for the future is the role that health goals should play in formulating agendas and allocating resources. In fact, one of the proposed SDGs is to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
Paying specific attention to health outcomes that are important indicators of sustainability. Nurses compose the largest group of health professionals, who are often the only human resource available for promoting and maintaining health in communities and help strengthen health systems and improve global health outcomes by engaging their colleagues in advancing sustainable development.
STTIs missionadvancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and serviceand its vision to be the global organization of choice for nursing strategically position the organization, she observed, for such a time as this. The recently launched Global Advisory Council on the Future of Nursing will serve as a vehicle for thought leaders to share information, and to develop and influence policy.
Wrapping up Dr. Klopper presentation, she challenged the audience to: 1) get involved, 2) lead where you are planted, 3) work together (achievements will be based on the collective), and 4) ignite your engagement with passion.
"21st century global challenges."
Developing countries face issues that include nearly insurmountable conditions, migration of nurses to developed countries, and lack of resources. Developed countries, on the other hand, face cuts in health care from budget trimmingcuts that especially affect nurses and midwives. In the face of poverty, chronic disease, and aging populations, there are expanding roles for nurses, midwives, health care providers, and policymakers. To prepare for these roles, she challenged attendees to 1) maintain excellence; 2) advocate for good health, equality, and justice; 3) stay at the forefront of research; 4) expand nursing education; and 5) assume leadership. Specifically, close research gaps and be creative in seeking out funding for international research.