Tongan nurses choir

WHO Director General’s Award Tonga Health Minister and Tongan Nurses Choir

The award was announced at the opening session of the resumed 73rd World Health Assembly.

The citation acknowledged the Minister and the choir who “lifted our spirits and touched our hearts”, through their video performance at the opening of the Assembly, to mark the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

2020, as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife has been a critical year for millions of nurses and midwives.

The COVID 19 pandemic has exposed the underlying issues within healthcare systems, including shortages of nurses and midwives.