The Commonwealth Secretariat has developed a coronavirus tracker that shows daily cases in member countries. The tracker collects data from the World Health Organization (WHO) and shows the total confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths in affected Commonwealth countries.

Click here for data from 8 July.

5th Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Conference

A very successful 5th Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Conference was held 6-7 March 2020 also in London UK. Over 300 nurses and midwives attended from every region of the Commonwealth to network, listen to 126 excellent presentations. The presentations will shortly be uploaded to the CNMF website.

» Conference program
» Conference Book of Abstracts

Welcome to 2020

The International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife: a year-long celebration of the contribution of nurses and midwives to the health of the global population.

The world needs 9 million more nurses and midwives if it is to achieve universal health coverage by 2030. That is just one of the reasons the World Health Organisation has designated 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. Around the world governments are being urged to take immediate action to address the nursing and midwifery shortages in their countries.

September CNMF e_News out now
* WHO guidlines on promoting mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic and children wearing masks
* COVID-19 research on health worker infection and adherence to PPE guidelines
* New educational films from Medical Aid Films on hand washing for health workers and the community
Click here


New guidance from WHO on masks for children

The World Health Organisation has released updated guidance on the use of masks for children. Based on evidence, the new guidance provides updates on when and how children should wear a mask.


2020 is bringing unexpected global challenges with the relentless spread of COVID-19 across the world. Around the world, nurses and midwives are at the forefront of the response to the COVID-19 virus.

It is critically important that nurses and midwives keep themselves updated and informed. In the midst of an unprecedented inflow of information, some of it inaccurate, the best and most reliable source of information is the World Health Organisation. Every nurse and midwife should regularly access the WHO website for the latest information. Go to:

The WHO has developed short online courses in a range of languages for health workers to update their knowledge and skill to keep them safe. These courses are self-paced and free. Go to:

There is also a wide range of guidance material which can be downloaded from the WHO website: Guidance material includes the Rights, Roles and Responsibilities of health workers; occupational health and safety; use of masks and PPE; providing home care for people with COVID-19
The WHO has also developed an app using WhatsApp that can be downloaded to your mobile phone that answers common questions, challenges inaccurate myths, provides the latest numbers, and shares the latest news including travel advice. To download the app go to:

24th CNMF Biennial Meeting of Members

The 24th CNMF Biennial Meeting of Members was held Thursday 5 March 2020 in London UK. The meeting received reports from the CNMF President, Executive Secretary and Treasurer. Constitutional changes and two policy statements were endorsed and three policy discussions held: the climate crisis; gender equity; international recruitment of nurses and midwives. A report of the meeting will be available soon.

» CNMF 24th Biennial Meeting 2020 Draft Minutes
» 24th CNMF Biennial Meeting agenda
» Executive Secretary Report
» Treasurer Report
» Policy Statement on Continuing Professional Development
» Policy Statement on the Relationship between Nursing and Midwifery


The WHO has released the first State of the World Nursing Report. The report provides the latest, most up to date evidence on and policy options for the global nursing workforce. It also presents a compelling case for considerable, yet feasible, investment in nursing education, employment, and leadership. Download the report at: