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For Our Healthcare Heroes
To acknowledge and honour our health care professionals throughout the world in this most testing and uncertain of times, the Australian Nurses and Midwives Federation (SA Branch) has launched its COVID-19 Candlelight Vigil. As part of this campaign, there will be a pre-recorded candlelight vigil to honour the nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals across the world who tragically lost their lives to COVID-19.
On May 12, International Nurses Day, Australian and New Zealand nurses and midwives will honour their overseas colleagues who have lost their lives treating and caring for COVID-19 patients. A candlelight vigil will be pre-recorded and shared at 6.30pm (ACST), May 12, via social media. In the UK alone, more than 100 NHS staff and health care workers have succumbed to the virus, with hundreds more health care workers dying worldwide.
In the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier this month said data suggests that healthcare workers account for about 11% of all COVID-19 infections. In Spain, the figure was more than 13 per cent. As of a week ago about 17,000 health care workers in Italy had been infected with the coronavirus, more than two-thirds of them women.
The International Council of Nurses set the theme for International Nurses Day 2020 as "nursing the world to health", with a focus on the "true value of nurses to the people of the world". May 12 is also the bicentenary birth date of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale, who, relevantly to today's pandemic, championed the need for good personal sanitation and hand hygiene.
How to take part
1. Film (about 20 seconds) or take a photograph of yourself with or without a candle. You do not need to speak or sing. 2. You may want to do this in a group (with social distancing) or on your own. 3. You may want to hold up a sign with a message to your colleagues and their friends and families across the globe.
Click here to upload your photograph or video. Find your video on your device and follow the instructions. To be part of the vigil please submit your photos or video by 8am, Tuesday, May 5. If you would like to pay your respects as part of this vigil, learn more here.