“Happiness is the highest form of health.
– Dalai Lama”
Our health is important. Being healthy means having the perfect balance between physical, mental, and social wellbeing. With a balanced diet, regular exercise, and good hygiene habits, we all can achieve a healthy lifestyle. Staying healthy keeps us free from various forms of disorders, pain, and discomfort and improves the overall quality of our life.
Every year, World Health Day is observed on 7th April under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO) to create awareness about a healthy lifestyle. Universal Health Coverage is the WHO’s main goal that aims to ensure people of all communities have access to quality health services wherever and whenever they need them, without suffering from financial problems. It includes a wide range of services required throughout life, such as health promotion to prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliative care.
Through this campaign, WHO aims to help people understand the importance of universal health coverage and what all healthcare services should be available and where. They educate people who have access to affordable health care to make them understand what life is for people who don’t have it and encourage them to support for equal access to health care in every part of the world. It also provides the opportunity for ministers of the health department to take necessary actions to promote universal health coverage in their countries.
You would be surprised to know that millions of people throughout the world still have no access to basic health care services. 1/3rd of households in Africa and Southeast Asia have to borrow money or sell their property and assets to pay for regular health care. Here are some important reasons which prove the huge importance of universal health coverage.
- Due to the lack of basic and affordable health care services, several people and nations get suck in the vicious circle of poverty.
- Due to lack of better healthcare services, the poor population falls prey to preventable maternal deaths and diseases like tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and non-communication diseases like cancer and heart attack. The implementation of universal health coverage will help strengthen health systems everywhere, which will result in healthier communities and stronger economies.
- The implementation of universal health coverage will make available essential medicines and technologies to identify and treat medical problems.
- The money that families spend on health can’t be spent to start a new business or deal with other emergencies. But every $1 invested in health can produce $9-$20 in full-income growth by the year 2035 that will fully transform the communities and economies of nations.
- The implementation of universal health coverage will enable people to enjoy standard healthcare services irrespective of where they live, how much money they have, or their race, gender, and age.
Universal health coverage will have a direct impact on people’s health and welfare throughout the world. It is an important component of sustainable development and poverty reduction, which will play a crucial role in reducing social inequalities as well.