Prioritise Universal Health Coverage, provide quality healthcare to all

by Antonio Miles April 8, 2018, 1:38
Prioritise Universal Health Coverage, provide quality healthcare to all

First celebrated in the year 1950, this day also marks the establishment of World Health Organization. every year there is a specific theme and variety of programs are being conducted or organized on global and national levels.

The theme of this year's World Health Day is Universal Health Coverage: everyone, everywhere. It is celebrated on April 7 every year to draw people's attention to the importance of maintaining good health. The World Health Day focuses on ensuring that all can access essential health services.

At least half of the world's people is now unable to obtain essential health services.

Since then, the United Nations chief said, the world has made progress in health care with global life expectancy expanding by 23, the eradication of smallpox and polio on its way out.

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"Over the past 70 years, there have been major advances in health and health technology, including life-saving medicines for diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, hypertension and diabetes".

Malawi government has also outlined the health care interventions available to all Malawians, free at the point of access with the aim of achieving universal free access to quality health care irrespective of ability to pay.

WHO Country Representative Dr.Rudi Eggers said health is a human right and at no point should anyone loss their life due to lack of finances and that is why WHO was partnering with Kenya in the noble course. On this occasion, the people were also apprised about the various health programmes and services being provided by the Department. When people are healthy, they can learn, work, and support themselves and their families. This is unfortunately the case in our Region, noting that half of the world's internally displaced populations (IDPs) are living in some countries of the Region and more than 60% of the world's refugees and migrants originate from the Region.

It also launched a set of six stamps commemorative UN World Health Day stamps to promote worldwide awareness and action to achieve health for everyone around the world. We believe that everyone should have access to quality health care, proper nutrition, and education, regardless of gender.

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