By: Manasvi Adusumilli
In light of our current global situation, we are at a constant risk of diminishing health. With the risk of being infected any time we step out of our house or meet someone, humanity faces threats as often as possible, especially to our health and well-being. Our planet has been plagued by these threats since the beginning of mankind, and they will continue. But why fret when we have the opportunity to make the world a better place? To help not only ourselves, but our society that is often in desperate need of assistance. Three words: World Health Day! With the intent of raising a sense of awareness, the World Health Organization identifies an annual theme that highlights and prioritizes an area of concern. Celebrated annually on April 7 since 1950, this day draws global attention to a chosen concerning issue.
With the increasing problems concerning our modern world, WHO had chosen this year’s theme to be “Building a fairer, healthier world.” Witnessing and struggling over a year of COVID-19 has opened the eyes of many. Simply due to conditions regarding birth and livelihood, certain individuals are granted better access to healthcare facilities and are able to live a healthier life. With society constantly divided, opportunities for many are limited. With no access to safe environments, food security, clean water, air, and basic healthcare services, individuals face avoidable and premature suffering and death. WHO believes that “this is not only unfair, it is preventable.” They are dedicated to “ensuring that everyone, everywhere, can realize the right to good health.” This year’s campaign is oriented around encouraging leaders to ensure living and working conditions support a healthy atmosphere.
This day urges leaders to enable access to quality health services and monitor health inequalities. However, instead of solely relying on others to take action, we can take it upon ourselves to act. As we collectively work towards making a difference, we can work towards a better future. Support campaigns, sign petitions, spread some awareness of your own. The list could go on! But remember, every small act can make the biggest difference. The idea of this day is built around spreading global awareness regarding building a fairer, healthier world. So why don’t we work towards a better tomorrow, a fairer tomorrow, a healthier tomorrow. However, we need to focus on our health even after World Health Day, and we encourage everyone to advocate for a healthier world.