World Health Day 2024

World Health Day is recognised on the 7th April annually, to reflect the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 1948, and draws attention to a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world. This year’s theme is ‘My Health, My Right’, and was selected to advocate for the access to essential rights for all people.

As written by the WHO: 

“Around the world, the right to health of millions is increasingly coming under threat. Diseases and disasters loom large as causes of death and disability. Conflicts are devastating lives, causing death, pain, hunger and psychological distress.The burning of fossil fuels is simultaneously driving the climate crisis and taking away our right to breathe clean air, with indoor and outdoor air pollution claiming a life every 5 seconds.

The WHO Council on the Economics of Health for All has found that at least 140 countries recognize health as a human right in their constitution. Yet countries are not passing and putting into practice laws to ensure their populations are entitled to access health services. This underpins the fact that at least 4.5 billion people — more than half of the world’s population — were not fully covered by essential health services in 2021.

To address these types of challenges, the theme for World Health Day 2024 is ‘My health, my right’. This year’s theme 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.” (World Health Organisation, 2024).  

References: World Health Organisation, World Health Day (2024), 

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