On April 7, every year we celebrate World Health Day. The day aims to bring awareness of priority areas of concern for the World Health Organisation (WHO) and over the last 50 years has brought to light important issues such as mental health, maternal and child care and climate change.
The celebration is marked by activities which extend beyond the day and serves as an opportunity to focus on worldwide attention on these important aspects of global health.
According to WHO, in recent years countries in the Western Pacific have experienced rapid economic growth, migration and urbanisation creating better living situations and opportunities for many people. However, the coronavirus pandemic has pushed other areas into poverty and food insecurity, amplifying gender, social and health inequalities.
This World Health Day, they’re calling for action to eliminate health inequities, as part of a year-long global campaign to bring people together and build a fairer, healthier world.