World Health Day 7th April 2018

World Health Day 7th April 2018

7th April marks World Health Day, a global health awareness day celebrated annually by the World Health Organization and other related organisations.

This year on the 70th anniversary of WHO, world leaders are being called on to ensure that everyone, everywhere can access essential quality health services without facing financial hardship.

Good health allows children to learn and adults to earn, helps people escape from poverty, and provides the basis for long-term economic development.

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is firmly based on the 1948 WHO Constitution, which declares that health is a fundamental human right and commits to ensuring the highest attainable level of health for all.

UHC means that all individuals and communities receive the health services they need without suffering financial hardship; including the full spectrum of essential, quality health services, from health promotion to prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliative care.

Achieving UHC is one of the targets the nations of the world set when adopting the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015.

Protecting people from the financial consequences of paying for health services reduces the risk of people being pushed into poverty as unexpected illness requires them to use up their life savings, sell assets or borrow money to pay for health care – this impacts upon their futures and often those of their children.

Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere.

On World Health Day 2018, world leaders are called to live up to the pledges they made 2015 and commit to concrete steps to advance the health of all people – ensuring that everyone, everywhere can access essential quality health services without facing financial hardship.