7th April, every year is celebrated as World Health Day for creating, raising and propagating awareness of health among masses across the globe. Presently, majority of nations around the world are trying to meet ends to contain Novel Corona Virus, wavering the economies of the most developed economies. Over 1 million people have been infected and more than 60,000 have lost their lives to Covid-19 infection.
World Health Orgnisation named this day in 2020, ‘International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife’. Nurses and midwives have been the front line warriors in the battle against COVID. Theme of World Health Day 2020 is Support nurses and midwives. Take a minute to say thank you to the backbone of health care infrastructure, Nurses and midwives, who are working selflessly and relentlessly in the tough time like this.
World Health Day is one of the eight official global health campaigns marked by WHO. Other 7 days are:
- World Tuberculosis Day
- World Immunization Week
- World Malaria Day
- World No Tobacco Day
- World AIDS Day
- World Blood Donor Day
- World Hepatitis Day
First World Health Day
WHO was born on 7 April 1948. This day also marks the founding day of WHO and is observed by All Member States of the World Health Organization.
Every year, this day is dedicated to a particular theme. First time in 1950, a thought came to celebrate and dedicate one day to health initiated under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO).
Health should be the fundamental human right, accessible and affordable to everyone without any distinction based upon caste, creed, religion, region or socio-economic status. The full spectrum of essential, quality health services, from health promotion to prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliative care should not be the reason for cropping up financial hardship to anyone. All UN Member States have agreed to try to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030, as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.
WHO statistics on Health
- At least half of the world’s population still do not have full coverage of essential health services.
- About 100 million people are still being pushed into extreme poverty (defined as living on 1.90 USD or less a day) because they have to pay for health care.
- Over 800 million people (almost 12% of the world’s population) spent at least 10% of their household budgets to pay for health care.
An unexpected ailment in the family puts a huge financial burden on the entire family, ruining their futures and often those of their children. Ailments seem like a cyclone which engulfs everything to its centre. People sell, borrow or mortgage their assets, spend their life savings to treat their near and dear ones, dragging them into the poverty.
Two important key factors for raising the infrastructure of a robust healthcare system are Accessibility and Affordability.