World Health Day
The World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on 7 April, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as other related organizations.
The 2018 World Health Day aims to mobilize action around Universal Health Coverage by calling on world leaders to leave up to the pledges they made when they agreed to the Sustainable Goals in 2015.
How can we get involved in World Health Day 2018
Everyone has a part to play, stimulating conversations and contributing to structured dialogue towards policies that help your country achieve and maintain UHC.
- Government ministries bring about policy change to improve health and spur economic growth and social development.
- Parliamentary health committees and health groups mediate between those that develop policy and those that execute it.
- Political parties frame their programmes to meet the expressed needs of their supporters.
- Professional associations protect the welfare of the workforce.
- Civil society organizations work on the ground and represent the concerns of different population groups.
- Individuals use their own voices to demand good health services.
- The media can help increase understanding of UHC as well as transparency and accountability in policy-making.
To whatever group you belong, you can take a lead, too.
A few ideas as to what you could do:
- Engage in structured conversations with a broad range of community stakeholders who are both affected by and essential to ensuring universal health coverage.
- Capture the population’s demands, opinions and expectations on UHC-related matters to improve policy responses. The population can be consulted, e.g. through face-to-face dialogue, surveys or a referendum.
- Collaborate with grassroots organizations and champions for universal health coverage to explore feasible universal health coverage solutions.
Individuals, civil society and health workers
- Communicate your needs, opinions and expectations to local policy-makers, politicians, ministers and other people representatives.
- Make the necessary noise to ensure your community health needs are taken into account and prioritized at the local level, including through social media.
- Invite civil society organizations to help raise your community needs to your policy-makers.
- Share your stories as affected communities and patients with the media.
- Organize activities like discussion fora, policy debates, concerts, marches and interviews to provide people an opportunity to interact with their representatives on the topic of UHC via media and social media.
- Highlight initiatives and interventions that help to improve access to quality services and financial protection for people and communities.
- Show what happens when people cannot obtain the services they need.
- Hold policy-makers and politicians accountable, e.g. through documentaries on UHC pledges they have made and strengths, weaknesses and new challenges to be addressed (e.g. increase in noncommunicable diseases; population ageing).
- Create platforms for dialogue between beneficiaries, communities, their representatives and policy-makers, e.g. through talk shows, interviews and radio debates.