The Friday Five – World Health Day
Sponsored by World Health Organization (@WHO), World Health Day is tomorrow, April 7, 2018. For it’s 70th anniversary, this year’s theme is Health For All. The campaign is calling on all world leaders who participated and agreed to the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 to now commit to ensuring everyone has adequate and quality healthcare no matter what their financial means. The key messages of this year’s World Health Day are the following: universal healthcare without financial hardship, no one should have to chose between health and other necessities, UHC is imperative to the well-being of people and countries, every nation can do something to advance UHC, and the shift must be to designing health services around people instead of around diseases. This week’s Friday Five highlights what’s happening and what’s being talked about this World Health Day.
Watch the Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere video here:
#HealthForAll is a campaign to promote universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030. The aim of the campaign is to support policy-makers, civil society organizations, individuals and media in the journey to bring universal health coverage to every country, something all countries committed to when they agreed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015. The World Health Organization will maintain a high-profile focus on universal health coverage via a series of events, starting on World Health Day with global and local conversations about ways to achieve Health for All. Join the campaign and explore WHO’s micro-site and the interactive policy advocacy toolkit for suggested actions and tools to help do your part.
We are getting ready for #WorldHealthDay on 7 April!
At least half of the world’s population lacks access to essential health services.
Together, we can make Universal Health Coverage happen.
— WHO (@WHO) April 2, 2018
Donate a Giftgown to a Patient on World Health Day
Giftgowns (@giftgowns) offers comfortable, functional and fun hospital gowns you can purchase for your next hospital stay, after surgery, an at home recovery, maternity, or seniors. They have partnered with several charities and hospitals including SickKids Foundation (@sickkids), Canadian Cancer Society (@cancersociety), WellSpringCAN(@wellspringcan) and St Baldrick’s (@stbaldrciks) for World Health Day. All donations go towards giftgowns for patients. A $40 donation covers the cost of one donated gown. Giftgowns come in all sizes (xxs, xs, s, m, l, xl, xxl) colors and styles for men, women, kids, teens and a maternity line. To learn more or donate click here.
#YouthPower Twitter Chat
Organized by Restless Development (@RestlessDev,) a registered charity who’s mission is “Pushing Boundaries. Shaping Today. Creating Tomorrow.” With locations in ten countries across Africa, Asia and in the UK and USA, their belief is that the power of young people can change the world and every generation will benefit. Tomorrow’s twitter chat topic is the question “What key message do you have for world leaders to ensure that they deliver universal health coverage by 2030?” Follow along Friday, April 5 at 8am EST.
Tomorrow we’ll be holding a live #YouthPower Twitter chat all about #WorldHealthDay – join us at 2pm Central African Time (1pm UK, 8am NYC, 17:45 Kathmandu) to discuss #HealthForAll! pic.twitter.com/evNbulXXsk
— Restless Development (@RestlessDev) April 4, 2018
No One Should Have to Choose Between Buying Medicine or Putting Food on their Table
Follow the African Institute for Development Policy (@Afidep) for statistics and infographics about where the world stands on universal healthcare. From 400 million people globally who lack access to essential healthcare, to 800 million people who spend 10% of their household budgets to pay for healthcare, these stats show how far we have to go to accomplish the UN members agreement to try and achieve universal healthcare coverage by 2030.
It’s unacceptable for anyone today to be pushed into poverty by having to pay for treatment they need. No one should have to choose between buying medicine or putting food on their table, or paying the rent. #HealthForAll #WorldHealthDay pic.twitter.com/4I2gTrEKSB
— AFIDEP (@Afidep) April 5, 2018