2014-2017 GAPFON® Summary Report

Sigma officially released its 2014-2017 summary report on the Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing & Midwifery (GAPFON®). Representing the culmination of three years of Sigma-led efforts, the report synthesizes data on global healthcare challenges and priority professional issues gathered at high-level meetings in each of seven global regions. Sigma views the world’s 19.3 million nurses and midwives as uniquely positioned to spearhead collaboration among health professionals from every discipline, and launched GAPFON to give nurses and midwives a unified voice and vision for the future to advance global health, while simultaneously strengthening professional roles.

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What is GAPFON?

Sigma convened a core panel of visionary global nurse leaders to identify global health issues that will advance global health, specifically noting those related to a voice and vision for nursing and midwifery.

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Who is GAPFON?

The core panel members, independent of the organizations they serve, are some of the world’s most prominent nursing and midwifery leaders.

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The purpose of GAPFON is to establish a voice and vision for the future of nursing and midwifery that will advance global health while simultaneously strengthening professional roles.

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GAPFON Implementation

With the initial work of GAPFON complete, attention now turns to collaboration development with Strategic Planning Partners who will have an interest in, and mission specific to, strategies within the areas of Leadership, Policy (including Regulation), Practice, Workforce, Education, and Research as they relate to global health and professional issues. (To learn more about these strategies, please see the GAPFON Summary Report linked above.)

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How can you help?

GAPFON leadership seeks to develop partnerships with organizations to create implementation plans that will focus on achieving the global health and professional issue strategies identified during GAPFON’s worldwide listening tour. Essential to this process is finding partners with an interest in, and mission specific to, each of the 93 strategies identified for the areas of Leadership, Policy (including Regulation), Practice, Workforce, Education, and Research. Certainly, multiple strategies can be addressed simultaneously as many are related. The plans will include specific recommendations to achieve the identified strategies and an evaluation process to determine outcomes. Improving global health will require and involve collaboration among stakeholders. Therefore, organizational partners will be encouraged to incorporate other health disciplines and intersectoral partners to achieve the strategies. The final implementation plans will be designed to be used by countries, regions, and communities, as appropriate, and will be widely disseminated for that purpose.

For more information, or to volunteer your organization to assist with implementation plan development, please contact gapfon@sigmanursing.org