FEND (virtual) conference 2021 starts 24 Sept 2021

In the meantime - the keynote presentations of FEND 2020, are available:
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that diabetes care service providers ensure that every person with diabetes has access to a named Diabetes Specialist Nurse (DSN).

(image of video) Elisabeth Iro presentation

Elisabeth Iro, CNO WHO addresses FEND conference 2020. 

F E N D acknowledges the following sponsors for their continuing support and commitment to FEND core activities:



International Nurses Day 12 May 2021

Nurses - A Voice to Lead - A Vision for Future Healthcare

12 May marks the global annual celebration of the Profession of Nursing and pays tribute to the profession of nursing across its specialities and different cultures. It is omnipresent in good times and bad.

In recent years the world appears to be more aware of the Profession of Nursing because of the global pandemic of COVID. However, awareness is not enough. We must ensure that the profession of nursing and its leadership is actively engaged in health policy in all its domains. 

Restitution in terms of funding of health care systems is a sine qua non in order to address the significant disruption in healthcare delivery during the pandemic, post pandemic environment and policy action in relation to health inequalities and social determinants of health.

The destiny of the Profession of Nursing extends beyond clinical care and research, it must also manifest itself in political advocacy at national and global levels. 

In Europe today there are approximately 5,000,000 nurses delivering healthcare. Globally according to WHO there is a shortfall of 6,000,000 nurses. This should be a matter of grave concern for Ministries of Health.

A European Summit regarding this challenge is essential. FEND calls on likeminded pan European nursing organisations to consider how we can address the challenge in a coherent and collaborative manner.

On behalf of FEND we wish all our nursing colleagues throughout the world every success in all their endeavours and we bear in mind “No Nurses - No Future”.

Stay safe and well

Anne-Marie     President FEND    

Kristin de Backer     Chairman FEND

RCN launches Nursing Workforce Standards

Workforce standards launch

For the first time in its 100 year history the UK Royal Collge of Nursing has published a higly pertinent document which outlines what’s needed to ensure services are properly staffed, safety is prioritised, and nursing professionals are supported to perform their best.

FEND Announces Diabetes Nurse Recognition Awards

World Diabetes Day 2020 and in keeping with the spirit of WHO "Year of the Nurse and Midwife" - FEND establishes an annual FEND recognition award for Diabetes Specialist Nurses and Diabetes Specialist Midwives who have made significant contributions to diabetes care, research and education.

Awardees 2020 (alphabetical):

International Nurses Day 12 May 2020

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has designated 2020 as the "Year of the Nurse and Midwife". What prescience. Globally the profession has taken great heart at the reinstatement of the position of Chief Nursing Officer in WHO.

Latest (EASD) Advice on COVID-19 and Diabetes

EASD has a comprehensive collection of resources here.


In Support of WHO

The founding principles of WHO and its vital contribution is as relevant to day as when it was founded. FEND stands four square in support of WHO. As with other sentient organisations we recognise the catastrophic impact of the threat by any nation to undermine the influence and function of WHO at this critical time of global public health crisis.

We urge all nations and humanitarian organisations to support WHO in a transparent and objective manner recognising that the crisis is global and no one nation can solve the problem alone.

Latest (US) Advice on COVID-19 and Diabetes

Latest (UK) Advice on COVID-19 and Diabetes

From Diabetes UK:

Advice for Healthcare Professionals on COVID-19 and Diabetes

The above page is continually updated and covers many aspects e.g.:

State of the World's Nursing Report 2020

(graphic) State of the World's Nursing 2020

On World Health Day, WHO has launched the first ever State of the World’s Nursing Report 2020.

FEND Statement on COVID-19

All front line health care personnel are in the valley of death in this unprecedented health and human crisis. The global tragedy of those who are victims of COVID-19 are further insulted by the shortage or unavailability of the critical safety equipment they need and the health care professionals caring for them to be mutually protected.

Connect Globally Through Colouring

(graphic two giraffes)

covid-19 connect seeks to break beyond social confines in creating a globally connecting loop-back system of sketching and colouring in for one another, with our dedicated online gallery exhibiting finished collaborative works.


(image) Certificate of FEND Recognition Award

Recognition Award Recipients 2020 (A-Z)