World Health Day

7thof April is World Health Day and every year, WHO and many organisations around the world join in their support to make a difference by spreading this awareness to aid a health cause. 

 

This year, it is Health For All. Universal health coverage is WHO’s number one goal and the key to achieving this is by ensuring that everyone can obtain the care they need, when they need it, and right in the heart of the community. Despite the rapid progress in all countries, millions still have no access to proper health care and this is not including the other big issue of the cost and price for health care which many around the world cannot afford.

 

What does Universal Health Care mean?
Health is a human right and therefore it should be for all. Universal health coverage means that all people have access to the quality health services they need, when and where they need them, without financial hardship. Quality, accessible primary health care is the foundation for universal health coverage.

 

 

Facts from WHO research data:

·      At least half of the people in the world do not receive the health services they need. 

·      About 100 million people are pushed into extreme poverty each year because of out-of-pocket spending on health. 

·      Primary health care is about caring for people and helping them improve their health or maintain their well-being, rather than just treating a single disease or condition.  

 

·      Health workers have a crucial role to play educating patients on how to take care of their health, coordinating care and advocating for their patients’ needs to health facility managers and policy-makers. 

 

To make health for all a reality, we need: 

  1. Individuals and communities who have access to high quality health services so that they take care of their own health and the health of their families;
  2. Skilled health workers providing quality, people-centered care;
  3. Policy-makers committed to investing in primary health care but most of all, each one of us should take into account the primary health care of our own;
  4. Education at every level of society is crucial to lead a nation towards a healthy state of living; and 
  5. Social responsibility - to aid in spreading awareness within society to raise the standards of health

Watch our simple video to understand the six steps you can take to being healthy because it starts with you! 

Share it and make the awareness grow! 


References:

https://www.who.int


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