World Health Day (WHD) – an annual global event observed on April 7th – aims to bring the attention of the general people towards important health issues facing the world each year. Sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), this global observance is an opportunity to address issues and emergencies pertaining to health on a global scale and take collective action to protect people’s health and well-being.
Recent reports suggest that more than half of the world’s total population is unable to receive all of the essential health services they need. In fact, about 100 million people are pushed into extreme poverty each year because of out-of-pocket spending on health.
The theme for the 2019 WHD event is – “Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere” . Universal Health Coverage means that all people will have access to the quality healthcare services they need, when and where they need them, without suffering any financial hardship. It includes the full spectrum of services needed throughout life—from health promotion to prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliative care and is best based on a strong primary health care system. The slogan is – “Health for All” . The campaign encourages individuals, policy makers and healthcare workers to take quick action to make universal healthcare a reality for everyone. It also aims to create a better understanding of universal health coverage and the importance of primary health care as its foundation.
The concept of this event was first initiated in the year 1948 when the WHO held its first World Health Assembly. The Assembly decided to observe the 7th of April each year as “World Health Day” with effect from 1950 and decided to highlight a specific health theme each year. Over these years, the event has grown to become a worldwide observance which discusses several important health issues on a global level. The observance is marked by activities which extend beyond the day itself and serves as an opportunity to focus worldwide attention on these important aspects of global health. It also presents an opportunity for ministers of health and other government decision makers to commit to taking action to address gaps in universal health coverage in their countries.
As part of the 2019 event, reputable pain management and rehabilitation centers across the world will host a series of programs – conferences for health workers, free or easy access to medical tests, social media squares, informational posters, infographics, GIFs and videos to help celebrate World Health Day and communicate about universal health coverage and primary health care. Another way to get involved in WHD celebration is by joining the “Solidarity Chain Movement” around the world. By joining the Solidarity Chain Movement, you can connect with people around the world – from health workers and policy makers to non-governmental organizations and patients and join hands with them to show your commitment towards universal health coverage. Share the photos and videos of any events you hold on social media using the hashtag #HealthForAll.
Join World Health Day (WHD) celebrations! Take time to incorporate small, but visible changes in your lifestyle to prevent chronic conditions like diabetes, obesity etc. If you are overweight, enroll in a Weight Loss Program offered by leading healthcare centers.