In 1948, the World Health Assembly proclaimed April 7 as World Health Day to commemorate the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) and with the need to raise awareness about the world’s deadly diseases, promote healthy habits in people and join efforts to achieve the highest possible level of health for all peoples.
Each year a theme is chosen, based on the needs and suggestions made by the Member States. In 2021, the pandemic that the world is going through redefines this date and the motto chosen by the World Health Organization is “Build a fairer and healthier world.”
The inequalities that the world endures today are further exposed with Covid-19. Some people can live “a healthier life and have better access to health services than others, due entirely to the conditions in which they are born, grow up, live, work and age”, recalls the WHO, and asks leaders especially in this year’s commemoration to “guarantee that all people have living and working conditions that favor good health. At the same time, we urge them to monitor health inequalities and ensure that all people can access quality health services when and where they need them”.