World Health Day 2021: Building a fairer healthier world

The World Health Organisation (WHO) invites you join a campaign to build a fairer healthier world this World Health Day (7th April 2021).

Our world is an unequal one

COVID-19 has highlighted that some people are able to live healthier lives and have better access to health services than others. This is entirely due to the conditions in which they are born, grow, live, work and age.

Groups all over the world struggle to make ends meet with little daily income, have poorer housing conditions and education, fewer employment opportunities, experience greater gender inequality, and have little or no access to safe environments, clean water and air, food security and health services. This leads to unnecessary suffering, avoidable illness, and premature death. And it harms our societies and economies.

This is not only unfair: it is preventable

That’s why the WHO is calling on leaders to ensure that everyone has living and working conditions that are conducive to good health.  At the same time they urge leaders to monitor health inequities, and to ensure that all people are able to access quality health services when and where they need them.

COVID-19 has hit all countries hard, but its impact has been harshest on those communities:

  • that were already vulnerable;
  • who are more exposed to the disease;
  • who are less likely to have access to quality health care services; and
  • that are more likely to experience adverse consequences as a result of measures implemented to contain the pandemic.

 

Source: World Health Organisation website.

Published on Friday, March 19th, 2021, under Uncategorised
Page last updated: 12/04/2021

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