World Health Day 2018 - Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere

Dr Rui Paulo de Jesus, WHO Representative with the community of Merak on World Health Day

7 April 2018 | World Health Organization celebrates with the local community in one of the most remote communities in Bhutan. Universal health coverage (UHC) is about ensuring all people get the quality health services they need, without experiencing financial hardship.

On the occasion of World Health Day, WHO is calling on world leaders to live up to the pledges they made when they agreed the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, and commit to concrete steps to advance health for all.

WORLD HEALTH DAY 2018; Health for all, observing with the community of Merak

World Health Day is celebrated every year since 1950, on the founding day of the World Health Organization, 7th April. This event has a different theme each year to draw attention to a current world health issue. The theme for this year’s World Health Day is “Health for All”. Everyone everywhere has the right to benefit from the health services they need without falling into poverty when using them. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), share the same principle, with it’s a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

How World Health Day is celebrated

World Health Day is celebrated worldwide by the government, non-government, NGOs including various health organizations at many places by organizing programmes relating to the public health issues and awareness. Participated organizations highlight their activities and supports through the media reports by means of press releases, news and etc. Health authorities from different country take part in the celebration with their pledges in order to support on the health issues worldwide.

History of World Health Day

When diplomats met in San Francisco to form the United nations in 1945, one of the things they discussed was setting up a global health organization. WHO’s Constitution came into force on 7 April 1948 – a date we now celebrate every year as World Health Day.

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