6 April 2018 – On World Health Day, 7 April, WHO marks its 70th anniversary. Over the past 7 decades, WHO has spearheaded efforts to rid the world of killer diseases like smallpox and to fight against deadly habits like tobacco use.
To celebrate this occasion, UN Postal Administration has issued stamps to highlight universal health coverage, this year’s theme for the World Health Day, as a subject of universal concern to the peoples of the world.
Essential health services:-Half the world lacks access
Health costs:-100 million pushed into poverty
Extend coverage:-1 billion more people access services by 2023
Theme 2018: Universal Health Coverage: ‘Health For All’.
Universal Health Coverage
This year, the theme is Universal Health Coverage (UHC): everyone, everywhere. It is an opportunity for UHC2030 partners to accelerate progress towards universal health coverage. It will ensure that everyone, everywhere should have access to essential quality of health services. People should not experience any financial hardship while getting quality medical service. As this year is WHO’s 70th Anniversary year, the organization has appealed the world leaders to live up to the pledges they made and agreed to in the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 and for taking concrete actions to progress #HealthForAll.
WHO aims to inspire, motivate and guide all the UHC stakeholders so that they can fulfil their commitment towards Universal Health Coverage.
As per WHO, these goals will:
- “Inspire by highlighting policy-makers’ power to transform the health of their nation and inviting them to drive policy change.
- Motivate by sharing examples of how countries are already progressing towards UHC and encourage others to find their own path.
- Guide by providing tools for conversations and structured policy dialogue on how to advance UHC domestically or supporting such efforts in other countries.”
Health: essential for sustainable development
- United Nations resolution on universal health coverage. Global support for universal health coverage is gathering momentum, with the unanimous adoption of a resolution in the United Nations General Assembly that emphasizes health as an essential element of international development.
- The resolution, adopted on 12 December 2012, urges governments to move towards providing all people with access to affordable, quality health-care services.http://https://youtu.be/6UKw0otHFeE
It recognizes the role of health in achieving international development goals and calls for countries, civil society and international organizations to include universal health coverage in the international development agenda.
- The resolution reaffirms WHO’s leading role in supporting countries to respond to the challenges of implementing universal health coverage.
- This concept has been increasingly recognized in international fora since WHO published the World health report 2010, entitled Health systems financing: the path to universal coverage. These include the Mexico City Political Declaration on Universal Health Coverage adopted in April 2012, the Bangkok Statement on Universal Health Coverage in January 2012, and the Tunis Declaration on Value for Money, Sustainability and Accountability in the Health Sector, adopted in July 2012.
- Health is an important cross-cutting policy issue in the international agenda, as it is a precondition and an outcome and indicator of all three dimensions of sustainable development. The resolution calls on the Member States to adopt a multisectoral approach and to work on the social, environmental and economic determinants of health to reduce inequities and enable sustainable development