Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2021. 2:03 pm CST.
By Zoila Palma: April 7 will be commemorated as World Health Day and the World Health Organization (WHO) is urging nations to build a fairer and healthier world post pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the existing inequalities in health and welfare around the world, and WHO has now issued 5 calls for urgent action to improve health for all.
The report from ReliefWeb indicated that illness and death from COVID-19 have been higher among groups that face discrimination, poverty, social exclusion, and adverse daily living and working conditions – including humanitarian crises.
In addition, millions more were driven into poverty due to COVID-19.
And as countries continue to grapple with the pandemic, WHO is calling for a fairer and healthier world by implementing resolutions and agreements.
Those urgent calls for action include the need to accelerate equitable access to COVID-19 technologies between and within countries.
The second call for action is for world leaders to invest in primary health care.
WHO says that as countries move forward post-COVID-19, it will be vital to invest in primary health care.
WHO recommends that governments make an additional 1% of GDP spending on primary health care.
The third point is for leaders to prioritize health and social protection.
The social protection will assist in mitigating the negative impacts of social hardships and provide support to communities.
The fourth point is for countries to build safe, healthy and inclusive neighbourhoods by improving transport systems, water and sanitation facilities.
Access to healthy housing, in safe neighbourhoods, with adequate educational and recreational amenities, is key to achieving health for all, WHO notes.
The fifth call for action is for the nations to strengthen data and health information systems to provide an opportunity for health inequality monitoring and make it a part of the national health information systems.
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