The TrickyScribe: Even as we approach World Health Day – 2019, millions of people around the world still have no access to health care. With a view to focussing the greatest minds in healthcare on the issue of global health, World Health Organization (WHO) promulgated the concept of World Health Day way back in 1950.
The WHO selects a theme every year with topics ranging between depression and climate change. Not only does World Health Day inspires us all to learn more about global health, but it plays an important role in setting the world health agenda for years to come. The WHO is concentrating on achieving universal health coverage this time.
This is coherent with WHO’s new five-year strategic plan initiated early this year; it focuses on a target to achieve the count of three billion. Of which, one billion people will be helped to benefit from access to universal health coverage, another one billion are to be safeguarded from health emergencies and the last one billion more people are to be facilitated to experience better health and hence wellbeing.
The key to achieving it is ensuring that everyone can obtain the care they need, when they need it, right in the heart of the community. Reaching this goal will require addressing the threats to health from a variety of angles, said a WHO communiqué received on Saturday. Significant progress is being made in countries all across the world. There are millions of people who still have no access at all to healthcare. Be it due to poverty; be it due to ignorance. Millions more are forced to choose between health care and other daily expenses such as food, clothing and even a home.
By choosing a theme each year, World Health Day ensures that we are always learning! The WHO picks each year’s subject based on a current pressing health issue and dedicates the week to conferences and activities about the topic.
Various local events are organised worldwide by the WHO, government organisations, humanitarian- and health-related private organisations on World Health Day. Many of those involved may get featured in media reports, may conduct fundraising campaigns and may cooperate to improve world health by membership in groups including Global Health Council.
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