The celebration of the World Health Day is taking place, every year, on 7th of April under the leadership of World Health Organisation (WHO) in order to draw the mass people attention towards the importance of global health. This Day aims to create awareness of specific health themes and over the past 5 decades, this day has brought to light important health issues such as: mental health, maternal and child care, and climate change.
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.Hence, the theme for the World Health Day is ‘Building a fairer, healthier world’ and among other issues it urges leaders to monitor health inequities, and to ensure that all people are able to access quality health services when and where they need them.
Recognising the importance of health issues, we, at the World Assembly of Youth (WAY), believe that healthy youth are more productive and willing to help with the development of their societies and communities. This is vital in order to achieve national and global targets related to universal health coverage, maternal and child health, infectious and non-communicable diseases including mental health, emergency preparedness and response, patient safety and the delivery of integrated, people-centered care, amongst others.
Therefore, let us encourage all member organisations to strengthen the capacity of their countries for early warning, reduction and management of health risks in national, regional, and global levels. We are calling for young people to support the World Health Day and ensure that everyone, everywhere gets the healthcare they need.
On this Day let us work towards building a fairer and healthier world. Happy World Health Day!