Health is important, and your health is likely always top of mind for you. However, over the last year health has also topped the headlines, making World Health Day more critical than ever. This year's theme focuses on building a fairer, healthier world.
History of World Health Day
World Health Day is held each year on April 7th. World Health Day was first celebrated in 1948 at the First Health Assembly. It took effect globally in 1950. Each year, World Health Day celebrates a theme that the World Health Organization (WHO) wants to bring awareness to. In the past, the day has brought attention to mental health, maternal and child care, and the effect climate change has on health.
Building a Fairer, Healthier World for Everyone
Did you know that at least half of the world's people don't receive the health services they need? That's why this year's theme focuses on trying to bring equality in health across the globe. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought health inequalities throughout the world to the forefront. Some people have received better healthcare than others simply because of where they live, work, and were born. The inequities are entirely preventable, and that's why WHO is calling on leaders throughout the world to ensure that everyone has living and working conditions that allow for access to proper healthcare. Leaders will be encouraged to work together globally to foster better health environments.