April 7 is World Health Day

March 30, 2021

On April 7, we celebrate World Health Day. Each year, World Health Day is devoted to raising awareness around a specific health topic of concern to people around the world. The date marks the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) on April 7, 1948.

In 2021, World Health Day is devoted to "building a fairer, healthier world." This year-long global campaign highlights the WHO’s constitutional principle that “the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the health-care inequities that people face -here in Canada, and around the world- due to the conditions in which they are born, grow, live, work and age. The most vulnerable and marginalized communities have struggled for equitable and timely access to testing, treatment and vaccines. These groups are often at higher risk for exposure to COVID-19, less likely to have access to quality health-care services and more likely to experience adverse consequences as a result of measures implemented to contain the pandemic.

The World Health Organization calls on global leaders to ensure that all people have living and working conditions that are conducive to a healthy life. We must be vigilant in monitoring and flagging health inequities, while advocating for fair access to quality health care for all.

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The World Health Organization is committed to achieving better health for everyone, everywhere. Visit their website for resources, statistics and research on various health topics of global concern.

Learn more about World Health Day 2021 and the WHO commitment to eliminating health inequities.

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