Bridging the gaps for health: The GAPFON report
Contextualising the work of GAPFON, the report laments how “inaudible” nurses and midwives’ opinions are, despite being the largest group of employees in the healthcare workforce. Often, we are disunited, and this raises problems for us in “positioning nurses and midwives as leaders in contributing to global health” (GAPFON, 2017, p. 8). After briefly describing the highly inclusive and representative GAPFON processes, the report gets to the Regional Results pages very quickly. As a framework to compare, contrast and present the results from the seven regions of the world the results were weighted to see how closely they aligned with global health issues under the five priorities of: non‐communicable and chronic disease; mental health, communicable disease; disaster preparation; and mother and child health. In addition, GAPFON identified: ageing; health inequality; migration and refugees; HIV/AIDS; tuberculosis; new/emerging infections; and antibiotic resistance as “areas of concern”.