April 7, 2018
It is the 70th anniversary of the World Health Day and WHO is calling to World leaders to live up to the pledges they made when they agreed to the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, and commit to concrete steps for #HealthForAll. This means ensuring that everyone, everywhere can access essential quality health services without facing financial hardship.
The theme of World Health Day is Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere.Source: WHO WHO Global Health Days
What World Health Day can do?
Some countries have already made significant progress towards universal health coverage. But half the world’s population is still unable to obtain the health services they need. If countries are to achieve the SDG target, one billion more people need to benefit from UHC by 2023.
World Health Day will shine a spotlight on the need for UHC – and the advantages it can bring. WHO and its partners will share examples of steps to take to get there through a series of events and conversations held at multiple levels.
As our Director-General has said “No one should have to choose between death and financial hardship. No one should have to choose between buying medicine and buying food.”
Throughout 2018, we aim to inspire, motivate and guide UHC stakeholders to make commitments towards UHC:
- Inspire—by highlighting policy-makers’ power to transform the health of their nation, framing the challenge as exciting and ambitious, and inviting them to be part of the change.
- Motivate—by sharing examples of how countries are already progressing towards UHC and encourage others to find their own path.
- Guide—by providing tools for structured policy dialogue on how to advance UHC domestically or supporting such efforts in other countries (e.g. expanding service coverage, improving quality of services, reducing out-of-pocket payments).
Theme, slogan and hashtag
- The theme of World Health Day is: Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere.
- The slogan is “Health for All”.
- The primary hashtag that we are using is #HealthForAll but look out for posts using #WorldHealthDay as well.