Until Covid-19, not too many people knew about The World Health Organization (WHO). Now it is a well recognized organization, as an information source leader, and international health effort organizer. The WHO is committed to ensuring that everyone, everywhere, can realize the right to good health.
The WHO, a specialized agency of the United Nations, was founded on April 7, 1948 to better address the needs of global health issues. Every year the WHO Assembly meets in Geneva, Switzerland to choose a major global health concern and promote it through World Health Day in the hopes of increasing awareness and preventing more cases. World Health Day is celebrated annually on April 7th. The theme for 2021 is “building a fairer, healthier world”. From the WHO website we learn:
Our world is an unequal one. As COVID-19 has highlighted, some people are able to live 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.
All over the world, some groups struggle to make ends meet with little daily income, have poorer housing conditions and education, fewer employment opportunities, experience greater gender inequality, and have little or no access to safe environments, clean water and air, food security and health services. This leads to unnecessary suffering, avoidable illness, and premature death. And it harms our societies and economies.
This is not only unfair: it is preventable. That’s why we are calling on leaders to ensure that everyone has living and working conditions that are conducive to good health. At the same time, we urge leaders to monitor health inequities, and to ensure that all people are able to access quality health services when and where they need them.
We are extremely fortunate to live in beautiful Peachland, with our new water treatment facility opening soon. The Peachland Wellness Centre, along with our mayor, is working diligently with Interior Health to set up a Covid-19 vaccine clinic right here in our community (more news on this to come).
COVAX (Covid-19 Vaccines, Global Access) is a global vaccine-sharing initiative jointly coordinated by the World Health Organization, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, and Gavi. The program pools funds from wealthier countries that are used not only to buy vaccines for those countries but also to ensure low- and middle-income countries have access. More than 180 countries are involved in COVAX (including Canada).
From their first distribution and allocation report, COVAX announced that vaccination deliveries are underway with over 32 million doses shipped to help 63 different countries.
As we anxiously wait our turn to get vaccinated, continuing to follow social distancing rules, we should also remember that we can’t return to normal until normal is found everywhere in the world.