Date: 17 March 2021
Pharmacists, healthcare professionals and members of the public are being encouraged to use World Health Day on 7 April 2021, to join a new campaign to build a fairer, healthier world.
A World Health Organisation initiative, this year’s World Health Day recognises the impact of COVID-19 across the world.
“As COVID-19 has highlighted, some people are able to live healthier lives and have better access to health services than others - entirely due to the conditions in which they are born, grow, live, work and age,” WHO says.
“All over the world, some groups struggle to make ends meet with little daily income, have poorer housing conditions and education, fewer employment opportunities, experience 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 death. And it harms our societies and economies.
“This is not only unfair: it is preventable. That’s why we are calling on leaders to ensure that everyone has living and working conditions that are conducive to good health.
“At the same time, we urge leaders to monitor health inequities, and to ensure that all people are able to access quality health services when and where they need them.
“COVID-19 has hit all countries hard, but its impact has been harshest on those communities which were already vulnerable, who are more exposed to the disease, less likely to have access to quality health care services and more likely to experience adverse consequences as a result of measures implemented to contain the pandemic.”
For more details got to the World Health Day website.
Contact: The Guild