World Health Day

| Updated on March 29, 2019

Universal health coverage is the World Health Organization’s number one goal and it is the focus this World Health Day, April 7.

The key to achieving it is in ensuring that everyone can obtain the care they need, when they need it, right in the heart of the community. Progress is being made in countries in all regions of the world, and yet millions of people still have no access at all to healthcare. Millions more are forced to choose between health and other daily expenses such as food, clothing and even a home. Healthcare workers will have an important role to play in this campaign, helping decision-makers for health recognise what people need in terms of care, particularly at the primary-care level. The campaign also presents an opportunity for ministers of health and other government decision-makers to commit to taking action to address gaps in universal health coverage in their countries, as well as to highlight progress that has already been made.

On the day, WHO will release its annual publication of health data, the World Health Statistics Report. The report will include information on health trends in specific areas such as newborn and child health, non-communicable diseases, mental health and environmental risks, and also data on universal health coverage and health systems.

Published on March 29, 2019

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