World Health Day: our world is an unequal one

World Health Day 2021, "building a fairer, healthier world."

Today is World Health Day!

April 7th marks the day the World Health Organization was founded in 1948.  Each year there is a new proposed focus on World Health.

This year’s theme is “our world is an unequal one.”  This campaign invites participants to build a fairer, healthier world.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the fact that some people are able to live healthier lives and have better access to health services than others.  This has to do with several contributing factors like where they are born, live, grow, work and their age.

“All over the world, some groups 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,” the World Health Organization shares on this World Health Day.

This is not only unfair: it is preventable.

The World Health organization is calling on leaders to ensure that everyone has living and working conditions that promote good health, and to monitor health inequities to ensure that all people are able to access quality health services when and where they need them.

COVID-19 has affected the whole world, but the World Health Organization recognizes that the impact has been harshest on the communities that are already vulnerable.

Communities who are more exposed to disease are less likely to have access to quality health care services and more likely to experience the widespread effects of measures implemented to contain the pandemic.

The World Health Organization proposes four steps leaders can take to enact change this World Health Day:  Work together, collect reliable data, tackle inequities, and act beyond borders.

Consider what you can do to enact change this World Health Day and make this world a fairer one.