International Nurses Day in Cambodia
15 June 2016
The International Nurses Day (IND) is celebrated internationally and marks the invaluable contribution of nurses to society.
The Cambodia Council of Nurses (CCN) organised the IND on the 15th June 2016 which was presided over by H.E. Dr Mam Bunheng, Minister of Health. The over 360 participants were comprised of professional and student nurses from across the country as well as officials from the Ministry of Health, national hospitals, regional training centres and NGOs.
H.E. Dr Mam Bunheng emphasised the upcoming endorsement of a new law which demands registration and licensing of all nurses in Cambodia to become recognised legally as a nursing professional.
An information stand provided by CCN and GIZ provided further information and guiding factsheets on the registration process to participants.
GIZ, the event’s main sponsor, further highlighted how registration strengthens the profession and the regulatory body CCN. GIZ also explained how this process builds the foundation for Cambodian nurses to become ASEAN wide recognised nurses in future. Ministry of Health, CCN and GIZ are jointly working on the Mutual Recognition Arrangement on Nurse Services in ASEAN, which aims at enhancing workforce skills, qualifications and service delivery as well as at promoting a greater mobility of skilled labour.
Throughout the day, there were numerous presentations and plenary discussions. Participants received valuable practical advice from experienced nurses. They also learned about the regulatory framework to improve nursing. This includes the scope of practice for nurses, standards for professional nursing care and how nurses can contribute to the resilience of Cambodia’s healthcare systems.
ASEAN-German Cooperation Project “Support to the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI)” supports implementing ASEAN agreements including Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRAs). The project operates in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam until June 2018.
For more information, please contact GIZ IAI Team Leader Ms. Stephanie Ludwig (firstname.lastname@example.org)