WHO says that on World Health Day 2022 a pandemic, a polluted planet, amidst rising diseases like cancer, asthma, heart disease, WHO calls global attention to the urgent actions needed to keep humans and the planet healthy and to promote a movement will focus. To create a society focused on well-being. This year the day is being celebrated with the theme “Our Planet, Our Health”.

The WHO estimates that more than 13 million deaths worldwide are caused by avoidable environmental causes each year. This includes the climate crisis which is the biggest health threat facing humanity. The climate crisis is also a health crisis.

a little history

In December 1945, Brazil and China proposed the formation of a comprehensive and independent international health organization. Subsequently, in July 1946, in New York, the proposal was approved and on 7 April 1948, 61 countries came together to sign an agreement to form this NGO.

The day was first observed in the year 1949 on 22 July, but later the date was changed to 7 April, the same date when WHO was officially established. Therefore, this day was officially celebrated for the first time in 1950. “The purpose of World Health Day is to raise global awareness of a specific health topic to highlight a priority area of ​​concern for the World Health Organization (WHO),” WHO states.

Why is it worried?

According to the United Nations (UN) report:

  • For the first time in 20 years, global poverty levels are projected to rise and hinder progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Up to 60% of people living in some countries in the region do not have coverage of essential health services
  • More than 1 billion people living in informal settlements or slums face increased challenges in preventing infection and transmission of the corona virus
  • The entire Asia-Pacific region accounts for about 82.5 million or 32% of the world’s international migrants
  • 5.9 million children in the Asia-Pacific are at risk of missing school due to education disruptions and the economic impact of the pandemic
  • 52% of the Asia-Pacific population remains unconnected to the Internet

The WHO also states that the current design of the economy leads to unequal distribution of income, wealth and power, with many people still living in poverty and instability. A welfare economy has human welfare, equity and ecological sustainability as its goals. These goals are translated into long-term investing, welfare budgeting, Social Security, and legal and financial strategies. Breaking these cycles of destruction for the planet and human health requires legislative action, corporate reform and the support and encouragement of individuals to make healthier choices.