April 7, 2021
World Health Day is celebrated on April 7 every year, the theme for 2021 is Building a Fairer, Healthier World post-COVID-19
COVID-19 has unfairly impacted some people more harshly than others, exacerbating existing inequities in health and welfare within and between countries. For World Health Day, 7 April 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) is issuing five calls for urgent action to improve health for all people.
Accelerate equitable access to COVID-19 technologies between and within countries
Safe and effective vaccines have been developed and approved at record speed. The challenge now is to ensure that they are available to everyone who needs them.
Invest in primary health care
At least half of the world’s population still lacks access to essential health services; more than 800 million people spend at least 10% of their household income on health care, and out of pocket expenses drive almost 100 million people into poverty each year.
Prioritize health and social protection
In many countries, the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19, through loss of jobs, increases in poverty, disruptions to education, and threats to nutrition, have exceeded the public health impact of the virus.
Build safe, healthy and inclusive neighbourhoods
Access to healthy housing, in safe neighbourhoods, with adequate educational and recreational amenities, is key to achieving health for all.
Strengthen data and health information systems
Increasing the availability of timely, high-quality data that is disaggregated by sex, wealth, education, ethnicity, race, gender and place of residence is key to working out where inequities exist, and addressing them. Health inequality monitoring should be an integral part of all national health information systems.
Read more from the WHO about World Health Day 2021
Why April 7? - World Health Day History
In 1950, the first World Health Day was celebrated on April 7 and since then, it is observed every year on the same day. The main aim of the day is to create awareness of a specific health theme to highlight a priority area of concern for the World Health Organization.
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