According to WHO, “April 7 of each year marks the celebration of World Health Day. From its inception at the First Health Assembly in 1948 and since taking effect in 1950, the celebration has aimed to create awareness of a specific health theme to highlight a priority area of concern for the World Health Organization.”
The aim of World Health Day is to bring light to important health issues such as mental health, maternal and child care, and climate change. The day is marked by activities which extend beyond the day itself and serves as an opportunity to focus worldwide attention on these important aspects of global health. This year will be the 50th year since the initiation of the day.
The theme of 2019 is Universal Health Coverage which is about ensuring all people and communities have access to quality health services where and when they need them, without suffering financial hardship. This includes the full spectrum of services needed throughout life—from health promotion to prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliative care—and is best based on a strong primary health care system.
5 attributes have been finalized as the basis of a high-performing health system: quality, efficiency, equity, accountability, sustainability and resilience.
Universal health Coverage is also one of the key targets of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
WHO says that this campaign aims to help people better understand what universal health coverage means – what services and support should be available and where. We will provide visual material that helps people who have access to quality, affordable health care to understand what life is like for people without it and to advocate for equal access to care, everywhere.
The campaign also presents an opportunity to highlight progress that has already been made and to address gaps in universal health coverage in their countries