by extramarks - Academics - April 7, 2019April 7, 2019 ONE DAY TO A HEALTHIER WORLD The 7th of April is a very special day on the calendar. Under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO), the ‘World Health Day’ is celebrated as a reminder to us all that our health is indeed our truest wealth. Incepted in 1950, two years after the World Health Organization held the first World Health Assembly, World Health Day is held to mark WHO’s founding. The day is seen as an opportunity by the organization to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance – global health. The premise is to shine the light on issues that people may have previously ignored or put aside as ‘trivial’ or ‘unimportant’. WHO achieves this goal by adopting different themes each year, be it the 1995 theme of ‘Global Polio Eradication’, the focus on ‘Safe Blood’ in the year 2000, or the more recent examples of ‘Depression’ in 2017 and ‘Universal Health Coverage’ in 2018, the focus has always, very clearly been on making the world a healthier and a happier place to live in. The year 2019, however, continues the theme of the year 2018 – ‘Universal Health Coverage’. A very important subject in today’s modern world. But what exactly is Universal Health Coverage? Also known as Universal Health Care, UHC is a health care system that provides healthcare and financial protection to all the residents of a particular country or region. It is based on the need to provide a specified package of benefits to all members of a society with the end goal of providing financial risk protection, improved access to health services, and improved health outcomes. Basically, it is a safety net that ensures that healthcare is treated as a basic human right. It ensures that every person regardless of their economic status gets access to healthcare. There are already many countries that have their citizens covered with universal healthcare plans, some are still moving towards it. So join us and the World Health Organization in making the world a happier and healthier place.