World Health Day Anniversary of The WHO
World Health Day is annually recognised on the 7th of April. Its’ longevity emphasises the importance of global health and helps to highlight a current health issue with a selected theme each year. Previous themes have focused on key concerns such as; global health coverage, mental health, and diabetes.
A key issue The World Health Organisation (WHO) works on is universal health care coverage. “Universal health. Everyone. Everywhere” (WHO) demonstrates the key theme to their biggest campaign, which focused on ensuring everyone receives health care, no matter what their social or economic background is.
Universally, the world has improved greatly in terms of accessibility to health care. However, there are still those who are not able to access a good standard of healthcare without being forced to make sacrifices. For many, having to choose between seeing a health professional or ‘food, clothing and even a home’ is a regular choice (WHO). Across the globe, ‘over 800 million people spent at least 10% of their household budgets to pay for health care’ and ‘at least half of the world’s population still do not have full coverage of essential health services’, greatly impacting livelihoods and living standards (WHO). The importance of this issue has been recognised by ‘all UN Member States’ with the aim of achieving ‘universal health coverage by 2030, as part of the Sustainable Development Goals’ (WHO).
The WHO also focused on many different health-related issues, including the inextricable link between water and health. The threat of ‘cholera, diarrhoea, dysentery, hepatitis A, typhoid and polio’ poses a great risk to communities’ health across the globe (WHO).
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