It’s World Health Day.
On April 7 1948, the World Health Organization (WHO) was established as a global health body to proffer solutions to the world’s public health challenges. Though significant progress has been made, seventy-five years after, there are still daunting health challenges in the world, especially in developing countries.
For instance, global access to health has been compromised, thereby casting a negative shadow on this year’s theme of Health for All. Also, children, women, people living in rural communities, the poorly educated and the marginalized remain vulnerable to diseases. Funding for health is often not forthcoming in developing countries and, before our very eyes, COVID-19 brought home the stark reality of a lack of access to vaccines in sub Saharan Africa, thus compromising Africa’s response to the pandemic. As we go about our duties and as we publish in the next few days, we put at the centre of our minds, the theme of this year’s World Health Day –Health For All and the challenges stacked against health systems across sub-saharan Africa.
Still, we say cheers to a brighter new day. Happy World Health Day.
-Dr. Tuyi Mebawondu