Health education is essential if people are to learn how to live healthy lives and avoid diseases. It helps them understand what health is and how to look after it, and also about the need for health services and disease control programmes. Health education can show people that good health and health services are a basic human right; it can explain that health services are important for development.
The World Health Day is a global health awareness day commemorated every year on the 7th April to mark the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948. The global body uses the opportunity to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health and aims to address issues and emergencies pertaining to health on a global scale.
Ever since the creation of the organization, it has played a major role in addressing serious health issues such as polio, smallpox, chickenpox which were earlier seen in epidemic proportions in several developing countries. Apart from global health concerns, the organization is also responsible for producing the World Health report, which gives an account of overall health of people in UN member nations.
Recognising the importance of health issues, we, at the World Assembly of Youth (WAY), believe that healthy youth are productive and willing to help with development of their societies and communities. We also include health as our pertinent aspect in order to ensure the rights to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health and wellbeing of young people.
Therefore, let us encourage all members to strengthen the capacity of their countries for early warning, reduction and management of health risks in national, regional and global levels.