Second BRICS Nurses forum hosted by Indian Nursing Council, New Delhi on 8th and 9th October 2018 advocated the need to empower nurses and perceive them as equal partners in health care to meet the future needs of the growing health care sector and constantly increasing disease burden.
Union Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare Ashwini Kumar Chaubey inaugurated the conference in New Delhi.
India is close to reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with respect to maternal and under 5 mortality. Nurses and Midwives play a vital role in providing basic health and family welfare services to the population.
India is the world’s third largest economy in terms of its Gross National Product with the potential to develop more equability. It possesses as never before, a sophisticated arsenal of interventions, technologies and knowledge required for providing health care to its people.
“The Government of India believes that Health is a Human Right. In this context, I am happy to mention that Prime Minister of India has announced the world’s largest Health Care Scheme – ‘Ayushman Bharat Yojana’. We must also remember that the right to health applies to nurse as well,” said the Minister.
He further added, “The government is committed to develop the capacities of health care professionals especially nurses by establishing nursing schools in every large district or cluster of districts with about 20 to 30 lakh population, setting up centers of excellence for nursing in each state, improving the quality of nursing education, development of specialized nursing training courses, establishing cadres like nurse practitioners and public health nurses and rolling out Nurses Registration and Tracking System (NRTS).
This conference aims at creating a platform for enabling networking of Institutes, Learning from best practices in BRICS countries, creating avenues for Inter-professional collaborations and research in addition to deliberations on Nursing Education regulation practice in BRICS nations.
Around 30 to 40 delegates from professional nursing associations from BRICS Countries i.e. Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa were part of Second BRICS Nurses forum along with 150 nursing professionals from India.
The BRICS members Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa are known for their significant influence on regional affairs; China hosted the 1st BRICS Nurses Forum in 2016 and BRICS nurse’s associations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (Mou) regarding Nursing Co-operation for the BRICS countries in Beijing in 2016. The objective of the MOU is mutual learning and mutual respect for cultural differences.
The BRICS National Nurses Associations agreed to establish a long term cooperative partnership through discussion and friendly consultation, coordinate position in International organisation and settings and lead to the international Nursing Development, strength academic exchanges on Nursing Science in various field and promote nursing and health services development.