World Health Day #healthforall
World Health Day is celebrated annually on the 7th April to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organisation (WHO). This year, we celebrate 75 years!
World Health Day 2023 will focus on the theme “Health for All”, a campaign that aims to raise awareness about the importance of access to health services for everyone, regardless of their economic or social status. The purpose of World Health Day is to encourage individuals, communities, and governments to take action to improve their health and wellbeing. It is a time to reflect on our health habits and implement positive change.
According to the WHO, 30% of the global population is not able to access essential health services. This lack of access to health care can lead to unnecessary suffering, disability and in some cases, mortality. Health is a basic human right, and everyone should have access to this.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the urgent need for universal health coverage and access to essential health services. The pandemic has also highlighted the overlapping humanitarian and climate crises, economic constraints, and war, which have made every country’s journey to #HealthForAll more urgent.
The campaign calls on leaders to take action to meet their universal health coverage commitments and for civil society to hold leaders accountable. Health For All envisions that all people have good health for a fulfilling life in a peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable world.
As individuals, we can do our part by advocating for equitable access to healthcare, supporting policies that promote universal health coverage, and taking care of our own health. By working together, we can help ensure that everyone has the opportunity to live a healthy, fulfilling life.
To incorporate World Health Day into your daily routine, there are a number of actions you can take:
- Stay informed: Learn about the current global health issues and how they may impact you and your community and support where you can.
- Make proactive health choices: Take steps to improve your health habits and behaviours by eating a balanced diet, getting enough restorative sleep, and moving regularly.
- Practice good hygiene: Wash your hands frequently, cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and stay home when you are feeling sick.
- Support local health initiatives: Get involved in local health initiatives or volunteer your time to support health organisations in your community.
- Advocate for workplace wellbeing: Become a Wellbeing Champion, or a trained Wellbeing Lead in your workplace. Encourage your organisation to adopt policies that focus on health & safety, promote and increase access to wellbeing initiatives across the four pillars, and signpost to support where appropriate.
By incorporating these actions into your daily life, you can contribute to improving the health and wellbeing of yourself, your organisation and your local community.
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