It is nearly two years, March 2020, that the CNMF held its very successful 5th Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Conference. Since that time, the world has been struggling to control the COVID-19 pandemic. Just when we thought we were on top of the Delta strain of COVID, the Omicron strain emerged. Unfortunately, there is considerable inequity across the Commonwealth in access to vaccines.

The CNMF wants to thank nurses and midwives across the Commonwealth for their continued commitment and dedication to caring for the people of their country. Despite the heavy workloads and the fear of contracting the virus and infecting colleagues, family and friends, nurses and midwives have continued to do what they do best, provide quality nursing care in very difficult circumstances.

Our thoughts are with you as we face a new year and a still uncertain future. On behalf of the CNMF Board, I want to wish you all a happy, healthy and safe 2022.

Professor Kathleen McCourt
CNMF President

25th CNMF Biennial Meeting of Members
Friday 24 June 2022

The CNMF Board has decided that the 25th CNMF Biennial Meeting of Members due to be held in 2022 will be an online meeting. This decision was taken due to the ongoing difficulties faced by many Commonwealth countries in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, access to vaccination, and travel and quarantine restrictions.

The proposed date for the 25th Biennial Meeting of Members will be Friday 24 June 2022. Members will be provided with more information over the next few weeks. In the meantime, please 'save the date' so you are able to join us for this important decision-making meeting.


6th Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Conference

The CNMF Board have taken the decision to postpone the 6th Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Conference which was due to be held in 2022. The CNMF was very fortunate that a successful 5th Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Conference was able to be held just before country lockdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is still very difficult for CNMF members fom many countries to travel internationally. The 6th Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Conference will therefore be postponed until 2024. Information regarding the date, venue and theme for the Conference will be available at the end of 2022.

2022 Regional Conferences

The CNMF Board has decided to hold six regional conferences in the first half of 2022. The CNMF six regions are: the Pacific; Asia, Atlantic; West Africa; Europe; and East, Central and Southern Africa. The CNMF Board Member for each region will decide the theme for the regional conference for their area and invite local speakers and other CNMF members and friends.

More information will be sent to members as themes, dates and programs are finalised. The regional conferences will be held online.


2021 Global Health Security Index (GHSI)

The 2021 GHS Index measures the capacities of 195 countries to prepare for epidemics and pandemics. The GHS Index assesses countries' health security and capabilities across six categories (prevent; detect; respond; health systems; norms; and risk) and 37 indicators.

The 2021 report, released in December 2021, shows that all countries remain dangerously unprepared for future epidemic and pandemic threats, including threats potentially more devastating than COVID-19.

Read the full report (
https://www.ghsindex.org/) and use the interactive map to see how your country scored.