World Health Day 2018. Health for all

On April 7, 2018 World Health Day is celebrated, with the aim of raising awareness among political leaders of the importance of everyone having a universal health coverage.

That the world population can access a free and public health It means investing in human capital, since a healthier population reduces the risks of major epidemics, creates jobs and promotes the economic growth of the country.

We tell you the objectives that the World Health Day in 2018.

The World Health Organization (WHO) was founded with the purpose that all people have the right to the highest degree of health.

In this 70th anniversary the World Health Organization has chosen the motto "Health for all", and under the theme "Universal Health Coverage (UHC) for all people, anywhere", seeks to ask world leaders to respect the commitments that were adopted in 2015, and to commit to adopt concrete measures to promote the everyone's health, wherever they are.

The idea is that we can all have access to essential health services without having to go through financial difficulties.

Why we must have universal health coverage

Access to quality and essential care and financial protection not only improves people's health and life expectancy, but also protects countries from epidemics, reduces poverty and the risk of hunger, creates jobs, drives economic growth and promotes gender equality.

Half of the world's population still cannot access the health services they need, and this is the goal that is set by 2023.

World Health Day wants to highlight this problem, and that political leaders understand the importance of it. As the WHO Director General has stated, “No one should have to choose between death and financial hardship. No one should have to choose between buy medicine and buy food”.

Throughout 2018, they want to inspire, motivate and guide CSU stakeholders to make commitments in this area:

- Inspire:highlighting the power of policymakers to transform the health of their nation, characterizing it as a challenging and ambitious challenge, and inviting them to be part of the change.

- To motivate: exchanging examples of how countries are already moving towards UHC (Universal Health Coverage) and encouraging other countries to find their own way.

- Guide:providing tools for a structured policy dialogue on how to promote UHC at the national level or supporting these efforts in other countries (for example, by expanding the coverage of services, improving their quality, and reducing payments made by users out of their own pockets).

For a health for all !!

Source: World Health Organization.

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