World Health Day is celebrated on the 7th of April every year. It is a day for people to realise their right to the highest possible level of health. Every year it is celebrated by raising awareness for a specific health topic. This year, the theme chosen for World Health Day is Universal Health Coverage Movement #HealthForAll.
What can World Heath Day do?
It will shine a spotlight on the need for Universal Health Coverage. Some countries have already made significant progress towards Universal Health Coverage. Yet, half the world’s population is still unable to obtain the health services that they need.
The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said: “No one should have to choose between death and financial hardship. No one should have to choose between buying medicine and buying food.”
For the 2018 World Health Day, they want to inspire, motivate and guide the UHC (Universal Health Coverage) stakeholders to commit towards Universal Health Coverage:
By highlighting policy-makers’ power to transform the health of their nation, framing the challenge as exciting and ambitious, and inviting them to be part of the change.
By sharing examples of how countries are already progressing towards UHC and encouraging others to find their own path.
By providing tools for structured policy dialogue on how to advance UHC domestically or supporting such efforts in other countries (e.g. expanding service coverage, improving quality of services, reducing out-of-pocket payments).
How can you get involved?
The best way to get involved as an individual is through social media. You can post your story and use our hashtag. The primary Hashtag being used is #HealthForAll but look out for #WorldHealthDay as well.
It is encouraged to share World Heath Day post with your own networks, share your own materials and join conversations on issues related to the campaign. The more coverage of the campaign, the more people it will reach.
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