Build a fairer and healthier world
On World Health Day, which will be celebrated on April 7, 2021, we invite you to join a new campaign to build a fairer and healthier world. We will publish more details here shortly, but below we explain why we do it:
Our world is uneven.
As COVID-19 has shown, some people can lead healthier lives and have better access to health services than others, entirely due to the conditions in which they are born, grow, live, work and age.
Around the world, some groups are struggling to make ends meet with little daily income, have poorer housing and education conditions and fewer employment opportunities, experience greater gender inequality, and have little or no access to safe environments, water and clean air, food safety and health services. All this causes unnecessary suffering, preventable diseases and premature deaths. And it hurts our societies and economies.
This is not only unfair: it is avoidable. That is why we ask leaders to ensure that all people have living and working conditions that promote good health. At the same time, we urge leaders to monitor health inequalities and ensure that all people can access quality health services when and where they need them.
COVID-19 has hit all countries hard, but its impact has been most pronounced in communities that were already vulnerable, that are more exposed to the disease, that are less likely to access quality health services and that have more likely to suffer adverse consequences as a result of measures applied to contain the pandemic.
WHO is committed to ensuring that all people, everywhere, can exercise their right to good health