World Health Day – 7th April (Every Year)
The World Health Organization was founded on the principle that all people should be able to realize their right to the highest possible level of health.
“Health for all” has therefore been our guiding vision for more than seven decades. It’s also the impetus behind the current organization-wide drive to support countries in moving towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
Experience has illustrated, time and again, that Universal Health Coverage is achieved when political will is strong.
So, in this 70th anniversary year, WHO is calling on world leaders to live up to the pledges they made when they agreed on the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 and commit to concrete steps to advance the health of all people. This means ensuring that everyone, everywhere can access essential quality health services without facing financial hardship.
The Organization will maintain a high-profile focus on UHC via a series of events through 2018, starting on World Health Day on 7 April with global and local conversations about ways to achieve health for all.
“Life is not merely being alive, but being well” – Marcus Valerius Martialis, Latin poet.
What can Health Day do?
- Inspire—by highlighting policy-makers’ power to transform the health of their nation, framing the challenge as exciting and ambitious, and inviting them to be part of the change.
- Motivate—by sharing examples of how countries are already progressing towards UHC and encourage others to find their own path.
- Guide—by providing tools for structured policy dialogue on how to advance UHC domestically or supporting such efforts in other countries (e.g. expanding service coverage, improving quality of services, reducing out-of-pocket payments).
Theme, slogan and Hashtag
- The theme of World Health Day is Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere.
- The slogan is “Health for All”.
- The primary hashtag that we are using is #HealthForAll but look out for posts using #WorldHealthDay as well.
In what way Yoga can contribute towards General Health?
“Prevention is better than cure” – Yoga is the best example of this saying when it comes to Health.
Historically yoga was more than just a method of teaching; Yoga was a way of life. You dedicated yourself to a lifestyle and culture that surpassed meditation techniques and included healthy eating habits, bathing habits, social interaction and work. Its philosophy is rooted in a physical culture of health and well-being that is still emphasized today at yoga training centers and explains why over 15 million people in the world now practice this ancient tradition.
“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver” – Mahatma Gandhi
Recent research shows people with irregular heartbeat can benefit from yoga.
Yoga lowers stress and improves your mood. Yoga uses some specific meditation techniques which focuses on the breathing and quieten the “mind chatter”, relieves stress and makes one feel relaxed.
Practicing the breathing techniques can boost oxygen levels to the brain, leaving one feel happier and more content with everyday life.
The act of meditation can uplift the spiritual values and boost confidence. The process works by releasing tension from mind, so that one can feel confident about their physical body. Without any forms of anxiety, one can able to establish an internal connection with self. This is consequently reflected in the perception of others and will help to better their relationships by improving compassion and awareness.
“Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness”