The exceptional value of good health is celebrated on World Health Day every year on April 7th. Originated by the World Health Organization (WHO), World Health Day is a global health awareness day on which physical, mental, and emotional well-being celebrated all over the world. The WHO organizes international, regional, and local events on World Health Day in concert with various governments and non-governmental organizations with interests in public health issues who also celebrate the importance of global health.
Every year, the World Health Organization chooses to highlight a special theme current in the wellness and medical world. In 2020, the theme inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic was “Support Nurses and Midwives.” It was celebrated around the world with gratitude for the nurses and healthcare workers facing COVID-19 head-on. This year’s theme is “Building a Fairer, Healthier World.” All over the world, people are struggling: many have trouble making ends meet because of low wages, limited employment opportunities, unsafe working environments, poor housing conditions, lack of access to education, pollution, food insecurity, and little to no access to healthcare services due to things from distant geographic location to lack of health insurance. These kinds of struggles regularly result in general suffering, illness (i.e., mental and physical), and sometimes even death, even though much of it is avoidable. The WHO is focused on many of these things, but especially healthcare access.
It is extremely important for people to have living and working conditions that are conducive to overall good health. The WHO urges leaders around the world to monitor health inequities in their communities, so they can help ensure that all people have access to the healthcare services they need at the time when such services are needed. Because the impact of COVID-19 has been especially hard on vulnerable communities around the world—communities that have had greater exposure to the disease and limited access to quality healthcare services—the WHO calls for particular attention to be paid to them, to decrease the likelihood of adverse consequences that could result from the various actions taken to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. Because many people have limited access to healthcare services due to the social conditions in which they live, including access to COVID-19 testing and vaccinations, the WHO chose to sharpen its focus on reducing health inequities around the world for this year’s World Health Day.
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