Health for All: World Health Day 2024

At Risk of Losing our Right to Health: Addressing the Global Crisis with ‘My Health, My Right’

The world’s population is increasingly at risk of losing their right to health due to various factors, including diseases, disasters, conflicts, and environmental issues. The burning of fossil fuels not only contributes to the climate crisis but also compromises our right to breathe clean air, leading to indoor and outdoor air pollution that claims a life every 5 seconds.

According to the WHO Council on the Economics of Health for All, at least 140 countries acknowledge health as a human right in their constitution. However, many countries have not implemented laws to ensure that their populations have access to essential health services. As a result, more than half of the world’s population, approximately 4.5 billion people, were not fully covered by necessary health services in 2021.

To address these challenges, the theme for World Health Day 2024 is ‘My health, my right’. This theme aims to advocate for the right of everyone, regardless of location, to have access to quality health services, education and information as well as safe drinking water clean air good nutrition quality housing decent working conditions and a clean environment. It also emphasizes the importance of freedom from discrimination in accessing healthcare. By promoting this theme on World Health Day 2024 we can work together towards creating a better future for all where everyone has access to healthcare and can live healthy lives without any barriers or discrimination.

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