WHO wish to build a fairer and healthier post-COVID-19 world

WHO wish to build a fairer and healthier post-COVID-19 world

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DILI, 08 April 2021 (TATOLI) – World Health Organization (WHO) wishes all entities working together to build the fairness and healthy circumstance to fight COVID-19 in the world.

WHO informs the wishes in a statement released during the celebration of the World Health Day on wednesday

“This World Health Day, WHO is highlighting the opportunity we have to build a fairer and healthier post-COVID-19 world,” the statement said.

it is stated that For well over a year now, marginalized and disenfranchised communities across the world and in the South-East Asia Region have borne the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thus, In countries rich and poor, socioeconomic, political, educational and geographic factors among others have facilitated the spread of the SARS-CoV2 virus, impacting health outcomes and compounding inequalities.

“ In our unequal world, preventable social and economic inequities continue to impede the right of everyone, everywhere, to achieve the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health – an injustice that we must not accept.   ” It stated.

WHO considers COVID-19 is just the latest disease to expose, exploit and exacerbate inequalities that negatively impact health and socioeconomic outcomes between and among vulnerable groups.

In countries at all levels of income and development, health and illness follow a social gradient: The lower the socio-economic position, the worse the health and the poorer the access to health services of adequate quality.

This is why the burden of communicable diseases in the Region such as TB, hepatitis and HIV is most acute among poor and disadvantaged populations, which has the tragic effect of entrenching these communities’ poverty and marginalization.

“Therefore, WHO identified that the infectiousness diseases are complicates with heart disease can occurs in the position of for the social risks due on the urbanization and inadequate houses unorganized, food insecure and malnutrition.”

To remedy these and other health inequities, and to create a fairer and healthier post-pandemic world, WHO is calling on leaders in the health sector and beyond to make concerted efforts throughout the COVID-19 response and recovery to ensure that all people have living and working conditions that are conducive to lifelong health and well-being.

Clean water and air, income and social protection, and food security among other environmental and public policy goods are vital to achieving this goal, and can best be secured through a “health-in-all-policies” approach that is gender-responsive and human rights-focused, and which advances the core principle of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda: Leave no one behind.

WHO underlines, that the Health systems themselves have a critical role to play. Since 2014 the Region has pursued universal health coverage (UHC) as a Flagship Priority, with the aim of ensuring all people have access to the health services they need, when and where they need them, without financial hardship.

Trend data from the Region’s 2020 monitoring report show that health service coverage is now, on average, above 63%, as compared with 49% a decade ago.

The density of health workers – around 70% of whom are women – continues to increase, with nine countries now above the first WHO threshold, compared with six in 2014.

But the fiscal constraints imposed by the pandemic threaten to stall or even reverse progress unless budgets are actively reprioritized and health is apportioned additional resources.

WHO emphasizes that, it is needed to explore the New sources of revenue should be explored, for example increases in taxation on unhealthy products such as tobacco, alcohol and sugar-sweetened beverages. Value for money must continue to be improved, including through investments in primary health care and pro-poor initiatives that help mitigate the social determinants of health.

Crucially, communities must continue to be engaged and listened to – precisely as they have been throughout the COVID-19 response. Community outreach and empowerment, including through women-led organizations, can help identify the root causes of inequities and find localized solutions, and also enhance coordination between health and social services and target communities.

The whole-of-government, whole-of-society approaches that countries have mobilized to respond to the pandemic provide a compelling model by which they can accelerate progress towards UHC, and with it, Sustainable Development Goal 3 and the wider Sustainable Development Agenda.



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