April 7 marked the 70th anniversary celebration of World Health Day that was organized by the World Health Organization (WHO). This year’s theme centers on delivering universal health under the slogan: “Universal health: Everyone, Everywhere.”
The campaign aims to spread the message that people everywhere, from all walks of life, deserve health care wherever and whenever they need it through the facilities offered in their community. WHO recognizes that millions of people around the world still have no access to health care as they balance other necessities like food, clothing, and shelter.
WHO encouraged everyone to play a part in spreading this year’s advocacy by offering various materials on their website with information regarding the campaign. The organization made calls to action for health workers, policy-makers, and the general public to spread awareness about this year’s World Health Day theme and strive to make changes towards this goal.
Other health-related organizations like the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) also helped spread this advocacy by running their own campaigns or posting relevant blog posts on their respective websites.
Key Messages of World Health Day 2019
One of the most important key messages that this year’s World Health Day theme promotes is that health is a human right that everyone deserves. It states that everyone should have access to information and services they need to take care of themselves and their loved ones.
Another important message that was highlighted is that the accessibility of quality healthcare should become the foundation of universal health coverage. Low quality health care can end up endangering lives, so the improvement and proper delivery of these services should be a high priority. It’s important to be able to establish a health system that offers primary health care that is cost-effective and caters to everyone.
Finally, health care workers play essential roles in educating their patients about proper health care, delivering actual care to their patients, and communicating the need for quality health care to their health facility managers and to policy makers.
WHO was established on April 7, 1948, a date which marked the first World Health Day thereafter. Its primary role is to coordinate international health efforts within the United Nations and is made up of more than 7,000 members across 150 countries. Policies discussed during the World Health Assembly by delegates from around the world, with an executive board made up of members qualified in the field of health care to give effect to these policies.
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