UN Stamp Celebrates Florence Nightingale’s 200th Birthday

Date: 
Wednesday, 13 May 2020

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The United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) is issuing a stamp to commemorate the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale.

International Nurses Day, observed annually on 12 May, commemorates her birth and celebrates the important role of nurses in health care.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife to recognize the critical contribution both professions make to global health.

Now, more than ever, this year-long effort to recognize nurses and midwives is a time to praise their work, highlight the challenging conditions they often face, and advocate for increased efforts to address the global healthcare worker shortage.

The Florence Nightingale stamp, in the denomination of € 1,35, was illustrated by Martin Mörck (Norway), designed by Rorie Katz (United Nations), and includes the following German quote: "Live life when you have it. Life is a splendid gift – there is nothing small about it."

Florence Nightingale was born on 12 May 1820, in Florence, Italy – the city which inspired her name. Nightingale gained popularity during the Crimean war where she cared for wounded soldiers and became known as “The Lady with the Lamp” while making her night rounds.

During her career, Nightingale laid the foundation for professional nursing by establishing the Nightingale Training School for Nurses at the St. Thomas’ Hospital in London in 1860. Her efforts to reform healthcare greatly influenced the quality of care in the 19th and 20th centuries.


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