Nurses constitute more than 80% of the global healthcare workforce. They deliver primary and specialized health care, as well as identify and address structural barriers that affect access to care for vulnerable populations. As nurses, we use our unique experiences and perspectives to advocate for policies and funding that will shape better health care delivery and reduce health disparities in many global settings. Around the world, nurses develop cultural competencies with patient-centered perspectives to better design approaches to care and advance health equity in hard to reach populations. Nurse-led healthcare programs for HIV care and prevention and the treatment of HIV co-morbidities are changing the course of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic.
More than 700 nurses working outside of North America are ANAC members. We invite you to join us. Click here for membership information. For nurses working in a low- or lower-middle-income country as defined by the World Bank there is an option of a cost-free global membership with electronic-only access to the journal. Or, nurses may select as an alternative option the regular active membership at the standard payment rate regardless of country residence. All options and costs are visible in the membership type drop down box on the membership application.
New World Health Organization Guidelines
In September 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) released new guidelines. Rapid adoption and implementation of the guidelines will support the achievement of ambitious global goals and targets for HIV in the coming years, including the 90–90–90 targets (90% of people living with HIV know their HIV status; 90% of people living with HIV who know their HIV status are accessing ART; and 90% of people living with HIV receiving treatment achieve viral suppression).
Call to action
ANAC, in partnership with nursing organizations around the world, is leading this initiative to ensure the voices of nurses are heard and have impact. We have developed a Nurses Call to Action. It represents a powerful statement by the global nursing community and seeks to enhance commitment and support for nursing roles in meeting the goals of 90-90-90. Nurses, as both frontline HIV care providers and the world’s largest health work force, are key to ensuring we achieve 90-90-90, which will require greater investments in nursing.
The call to action was launched at AIDS2016 conference in Durban and initial endorsers are ANAC, ANA, DENOSA. IAS, ICN, ICAP, UNAIDS. It is open for wide endorsement by individuals and organizations through 2018. It serves as a rallying call for greater investments in nursing in 2017 and 2018.