BUILDING FAIRER, HEALTHIER WORLD

Celebrating the World Health Day as usual this year to mark the anniversary of the founding of WHO, it is high time not only for making the celebration more meaningful by mobilizing action in the direction of improving the health conditions of the people across the globe in general, but further prioritizing focus on fight against the second wave of COVID-19 that has now gripped major parts of the globe including India. Today the whole world is under attack with the COVID-19 pandemic terror stretching out in all directions. Millions are under threat while thousands have already lost the battle this year the only difference as compared to last year being that the vaccination drives are currently going on in full swing across the globe. Amid the panic, there are people on the work front to save us, to comfort us, and to strengthen us. It is pertinent to mention here that every year the World Health Organization (WHO) celebrates April 7 as the World Health Day to spread awareness about the healthy lifestyle habits among the public. The World Health Organization (WHO) was set-up in 1948 to coordinate health affairs within the United Nations member nations. The constitution of WHO came into force on 7th April 1948, and this day is celebrated as the World Health Day across the UN member nations. WHO is working endlessly with its members to build a healthier and better future for the whole world. Since 1995, every year World Health Organization selects an annual theme to highlight that year’s priority area of concern. While the last year’s theme for the World Health Day theme had emphasized on expressing our gratitude and to celebrate the work of nurses and midwives across the world, this year’s theme has been quite aptly selected as ‘Building a Fairer, Healthier World’. However, currently the COVID-19 pandemic needs to be addressed in the right earnest as that would automatically lead to ‘Building a Fairer, Healthier World’. It needs to be acknowledged that during the pandemic period we have witnessed that our world is an unequal one which is evident from the fact that some people are able to live healthier lives and have better access to health services than others. The reason for this is that due to the conditions in which they are born, grow, live and work besides the age factor. Across the globe, some groups struggle to make ends meet with little income, have poorer housing conditions and education, fewer employment opportunities besides experiencing greater gender inequality, and have little or no access to safe environments, clean water and air, food security and health services. This leads to unnecessary suffering, avoidable illness, and premature deaths thus not only harming the societies but also giving a strong blow to the economies. Of course, this is highly unfair but at the same time it is a preventable phenomenon. Therefore this year’s theme calls the global leaders to ensure that everyone has living and working conditions that are conducive to good health. The governments of all the nations across the globe need to seriously monitor health inequities, and ensure that all people are able to access quality health services when and where required. It is hoped that the global leaders take the call quite seriously and adopt proactive measures to remove the inequalities in terms of optimum health care to every individual on this planet for which they shall have to work relentlessly throughout the year after observing this significant day. Only then can we ‘Build a Fairer, Healthier World’!