WHO celebrates 70th World Health Day in Sri Lanka today

WHO celebrates 70th World Health Day in Sri Lanka today

WHO celebrates 70th World Health Day in Sri Lanka today

The First World Assembly was held by the WHO in 1948. On this occasion, the people were also apprised about the various health programmes and services being provided by the Department.

Other initiatives which are already well underway include the improvements in services provided for people with diabetes and with cancer through the provision of new medicines, new equipment, new services, and an increase in capacity for research.

Making health services truly universal requires a shift from designing health systems around diseases and institutions towards health services designed around and for people.

The WHO has called on world leaders to commit to concrete steps to advance the health of all people.

"Universal health coverage is central to improving health and well-being - a fundamental human right".

This year, the theme was "Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere" with the slogan "Health for All".

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What we need to do is to ensure that the resources are channeled in a way that will bring equitable access to essential services.

A total of 62 health camps were organized across Kashmir Division.

Countries that invest in UHC make a sound investment in their human capital.

Countries in the Region have committed to monitor who is not being covered by health services and why, and review annually progress on UHC and SDG3 health goal until 2030.

Since then, the United Nations chief said, the world has made progress in health care with global life expectancy expanding by 23, the eradication of smallpox and polio on its way out. Getting a proper medical treatment here often leaves the user with financial distress, prompting them to avoid receiving healthcare services until needed extremely. If countries are to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) target, one billion more people need to benefit from Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2023.

In 2015, the world spent 7.3 trillion USA dollars on health, representing close to 10 percent of global GDP. In richer countries in Europe, Latin America and parts of Asia, which have achieved high levels of access to health services, increasing numbers of people are spending at least 10 per cent of their household budgets on out-of-pocket health expenses.

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