Recently, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare,
GoI along with the World Health Organization (WHO) had formed a Solidarity
Human Chain as part of the World Health Day celebrations. The theme of World
Health Day 2019 is Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere.
Universal health coverage (UHC) is defined as
ensuring that all people have access to needed health services of sufficient
quality without suffering financial hardship. It includes the full spectrum of
essential, quality health services- health promotion, prevention, treatment,
rehabilitation, and palliative care.
Achieving universal health coverage is also one
of the targets of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), 2015. SDG 3.8 calls for
achieving universal health coverage, including financial risk protection,
access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective,
quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all by 2030.
The World Health day is celebrated on 7th April every year. At the first World Health Assembly in 1948, it was decided to
observe 7 April of each year, with effect from 1950, as the World Health Day.
The World Health Day is held to mark the founding of WHO.
The World Health Day celebration aims to create
awareness of a specific health theme to highlight a priority area of concern
for the WHO. The WHO is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is
concerned with international public health.