CNMF Office Holders and Board Members

CNMF Biennial Meetings

CNMF Constitution March 2018

Nurses and midwives form the majority of health care workers across all health care settings and particularly in the primary health care context. In rural settings and in developing countries the nurse or midwife may be the only local source of health care.

The Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Federation (CNMF), founded in 1973, is a federation of national nursing and midwifery associations in Commonwealth countries.

The CNMF has regular and constructive contact with major Commonwealth bodies in London including the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Commonwealth Foundation.  The CNMF is an accredited Commonwealth body, which allows involvement in annual Health Ministers' meetings, the biennial Commonwealth Peoples Forum held prior to the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting and other Commonwealth meetings such as the civil society consultations.


The CNMF is managed by an elected Board, which consists of a President, a Vice-President, and a member from each of its six regions. The Federation has two appointed officers - an Executive Secretary and a Treasurer. Board Meetings and General Meetings are held every two years.



The CNMF's current Constitution was agreed in 2018.
It exists to:

  • influence health policy throughout the Commonwealth,
  • develop nursing networks,
  • enhance nursing education,
  • improve nursing standards and competence, and
  • strengthen nursing leadership.

Historic Constitutional changes in 2014 included a change of name to the Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Federation, the insertion of a clause on the values of the organisation, and an expansion of membership categories. Further minor changes were made in 2018.

The CNMF is committed to fostering active participatory membership and collaborating with Commonwealth and international organisations such as the International Council of Nurses, the International Confederation of Midwives and the World Health Organisation.

Work Programme

The CNMF’s current work programme includes the following:

  • membership development,
  • conducting in-country projects with national nursing organisations involving capacity building and training,
  • communicating with member organisations through a newsletter and the website,
  • conducting and facilitating research on nursing and midwifery within Commonwealth countries
  • participating in and contributing to Commonwealth Health Ministers’ and Heads of Government meetings
  • participating in and contributing to Commonwealth Health Ministers and other Commonwealth meetings,
  • promoting Commonwealth Day.