Commonwealth COVID-19 Tracker

Stay up to date with what is happening in the Commonwealth in relation to COVID-19. The Commonwealth Secretariat has added information about COVID-19 to its online SDG data base. Figures are updated daily. Click on the link below and scroll down to access the data specific to COVID-19.

>> Media release: Commonwealth Tracker to help countries track COVID-19


Welcome to 2020

The International Year of the Nurse and
             the Midwife'

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.


2020 is bringing unexpected global challenges with the relentless spread of COVID-19 across the world. It is so important at this time that nurses and midwives firstly take care of their own health and wellbeing, and secondly role model calm, sensible and compassionate behaviour.
One of the most important weapons is accurate information. Nurses and midwives have a responsibility to their patients and the community to be well informed. The very best source of information is the World Health Organisation website where there is concise and accurate information which is regularly updated. Go to:

The WHO have also put together some short online courses (about an hour to complete each module) to assist health workers to stay informed.
Another WHO initative is a WhatsApp group that brings information and alerts directly to your mobile phone. Go to: to join the conversation.

5th Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives

        6-7 March 2020 London UK

Over three hundred nurses and midwives from every region of the Commonwealth met in London for the 5th Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Conference. One hundred and fifty six excellent presentation were spread over the two days in an atmosphere of warm collegiality. Click on the conference link below for more information.

24th CNMF Biennial Meeting of Members

The 24th CNMF Biennial Meeting was held on 5 March 2020 London UK. The meeting received reports from the CNMF President, Executive Secretary, and Treasurer and endorsed constitutional changes and two new policy statements on: Continuing Professional Development for Nurses and Midwives and The Relationship between Nursing and Midwifery.

Policy Statement on continuing professional development for nurses and midwives

>> Policy Statement on the relationship between nursing and midwifery
>> Executive Secretary Report 2020
>> Treasurers Report CNMF 24th Biennial 2020