World Health Organization (WHO) has noted that to achieve a fairer, healthier world, urgency needs to be given to Health Equity across the globe.
Director-general, WHO, Tedros Adhanom in commemoration of today’s World Health Day, said the world must make five vital changes to achieve Health Equity.
Adhanom said the world must:
“-Invest in equitable production & access to #COVID19 tools
-Invest in primary health care
-Prioritize health & social protection
-Build safe, healthy, inclusive neighbourhoods
-Enhance data & health information systems”
The Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme, Dr. Mike Ryan while explaining what health equity was said:
“We have to come back to the basic principle of human 𝗱𝗶𝗴𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 – not to be:
-hungry, unwell & without access to care
-afraid of the government that’s supposed to serve you
-to have basic human rights
– 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴”
According to WHO, no one is safe from COVID-19 until everyone is safe, therefore the unfair social and economic impacts of this pandemic must therefore be urgently addressed.
WHO while emphasizing “Health For All”, stated that the era of some living healthier and having better access to health services than others, due to their living conditions has to come to an end.
WHO added that “to achieve #HealthForAll, everyone needs access, without discrimination, to the health services they need without suffering financial hardship.”
April 7 of each year has been set aside for the celebration of World Health Day. This year’s theme is “Building a fairer, healthier world for everyone”.