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Today marks the 70th anniversary of World Health Day, a global health awareness day led by the World Health Organization (WHO) and like-minded organizations. This year also marks the 70th anniversary of WHO, which was founded in part on a principle that states, “The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition.”
At The Little Market, we prioritize working with artisans in marginalized and rural communities and with artisan groups that provide beneficial services for their team members. As a part of our key set of values, we are proud to work with artisan groups that provide a safe and empowering work environment, which has often included access to healthcare. By providing parents with the opportunity to earn a sustainable income and living wage, it can increase the opportunity for their children to access healthcare, have proper nutrition and drinking water, and attend school. We are humbled by the stories that we hear from the inspiring artisans we work with, and we strive to work harder on their behalf.
The 2018 World Health Day campaign title is “Universal Health Coverage: everyone, everywhere” with a closely aligned slogan of “Health for all.” Everyone should be granted the right to proper health coverage as a basic human right. In its seventh decade, WHO is presenting a call-to-action for world leaders who agreed to the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015. WHO is asking for dedication to key steps that benefit global citizens and their right to universal health coverage.
World Health Day presents an opportunity to reflect on the many achievements that have been made in an effort to provide universal health coverage. WHO reports that life expectancy has increased by 25 years since WHO was founded in 1948. And many countries eliminated the presence of diseases including measles and malaria. But there is more progress to be made. For instance:
- At least 50 percent of the world’s population lacks access to full coverage of essential health services as of December 2017, based on WHO reports.
- At the end of 2016, approximately 36.7 million people, 2.1 million of whom were children, were living with HIV/AIDS, according to UNAIDS.
- Suicide rates in the United States increased from 1999 to 2014 for men and women ages 10 to 74, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
There are several ways to get involved and to participate in an effort to make healthcare more accessible to everyone. For instance, share your story, especially if you or your family have been personally affected. Organize community events to raise awareness and encourage neighborhood participation. Write an essay or share your thoughts on social media to get the conversation started.
The Little Market is proud to support WHO and its work to make healthcare more accessible for everyone. Please join us in recognizing World Health Day and speaking up for human rights.
WHO – World Health Day 2018
WHO – Fact Sheets
WHO – World Health Day – How You Can Get Involved
WHO – World Health Day – Campaign Essentials
WHO – WHO at 70 – working for better health for everyone, everywhere
HIV.gov – Global Statistics
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Increase in Suicide in the United States, 1999–2014