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The World Marks Health Day

The campaign advocates for ensuring universal access to quality health services, education, and information, as well as safe drinking water, clean air, good nutrition, quality housing, decent working and environmental conditions, and freedom from discrimination.

Today, April 7, 2024, is the World Health Organization (WHO) organized World Health Day.

The WHO celebrates World Health Day on April 7, every year to improve the level of health of people around the world.

To mark the 2024 day, the WHO is running the “My health, my right” campaign to champion the right to health of everyone, everywhere.

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The campaign advocates for ensuring universal access to quality health services, education, and information, as well as safe drinking water, clean air, good nutrition, quality housing, decent working and environmental conditions, and freedom from discrimination.

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By the definition of WHO, health is a state of complete physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity

According to the WHO, “All around the world, the core challenges consistently compromising the right to health are political inaction coupled with a lack of accountability and funding, compounded by intolerance, discrimination, and stigma. Populations facing marginalization or vulnerability suffer the most, such as people who live in poverty, are displaced, are older, or live with disabilities.

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“Realizing the right to health requires governments to pass and implement laws, invest, address discrimination, and be held accountable by their populations,” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “WHO is working with governments, partners, and communities to ensure the highest attainable standard of health, as a fundamental right for all people, everywhere.”

To ensure health for all, “WHO is calling for governments to make meaningful investments to scale up primary health care; to ensure transparency and accountability; and to meaningfully involve individuals and communities in decision-making around health. Recognizing the interdependence between the right to health and other fundamental rights, the campaign includes calls to action on finance, agriculture, environment, justice, transport, labour, and social affairs.”

This year’s theme – “My health, my right”, was chosen to champion the right of everyone, everywhere to have access to quality health services, education, and information, as well as safe drinking water, clean air, good nutrition, quality housing, decent working and environmental conditions, and freedom from discrimination.

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