This year, the theme of World Health Day is universal health coverage. Let’s talk about this important issue.
Did you know that half the world lacks essential health care? We’re talking basic services such as child immunizations, access to medicines, and adequate sanitation to prevent infectious diseases.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is working to change that. Every year, WHO focuses on an important health-related issue on World Health Day—in 2017, it was depression, and in 2016, diabetes—to mark the anniversary of its founding. This year, the topic is universal health coverage.
We understand why WHO is concerned. Access to health coverage has been a hot topic in the news lately; WHO estimates that more than 800 million people—almost 12 percent of the world’s population—have spent at least 10 percent of their household budgets on healthcare, and 100 million people have been pushed into extreme poverty due to healthcare costs.
WHO’s goal is to extend health coverage to an additional 1 billion people by 2023. What can you do? Start by getting the facts—learn more about healthcare issues on the World Health Day site, and find ways to get involved.