Everyone around the globe deserves to live a long and healthy life. The World Health Organization (WHO) works each day to reach this goal. They do this through science, solutions and unity. This year marks 75 years of improving public health. WHO celebrates this special day on April 7 with World Health Day.
This global health awareness day is important for many reasons. It reflects on the amazing public health successes over the years. It also asks us to join forces in tackling today's health challenges. Helping to achieve Health for All — this year’s theme. This means that no matter where you live, you and your family can get the health services needed. And you can do so without falling into financial hardship. Unfortunately, at least half of the world can't get essential health care services. Or when they do find care, the cost is pushing them into poverty. Statistics show how crucial WHO’s mission is to make sure people have access to quality health services. Even more, how they can access it at a fair cost:
- 30% of the global population is not able to access essential health services
- Between 5.7 and 8.4 million deaths are attributed to poor quality care each year in low- and middle-income countries
- Nearly 2 billion people face catastrophic or impoverishing health spending
- Around 100 million people are pushed into poverty each year to pay for vital health care out of their own pockets
You can make a difference
Improving public health and growing access to health services is a big job. However, everyone can do their part to make strides in the right direction. How can you help? Commit to these efforts in honor of World Health Day and help improve the lives around you:
- Learn more about World Health Day
- Stay healthy by exercising and eating nutritious food
- Get proper rest and practice self-care
- Get involved with a wellness program at school or work
- Volunteer with groups that promote health within your community
- Improve your health literacy and share information with friends and family
- Plant a community garden to grow and share fruits and vegetables
- Start a walking or physical activity challenge
- Write a letter to Congress to educate members on public health issues
And spread the word! Use the #HealthForAll and #WHO75 hashtags on social media. You can share your support of World Health Day and the actions you’re taking to improve public health.
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