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My Health, My Right: Celebrating World Health Day 2024

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Mar 26, 2024

Millions of people in the WHO European Region and around the world are facing threats to their right to health. Diseases, disasters, conflicts, and the burning of fossil fuels are all contributing to the erosion of this essential right. The impact of these threats can be seen in the high rates of death, disability, pain, hunger, and psychological distress that many individuals are experiencing.

The WHO Council on the Economics of Health for All has highlighted that while 140 countries recognize health as a human right in their constitutions, many are failing to implement laws that ensure their populations have access to essential health services. As a result, more than half of the world’s population – 4.5 billion people – are not fully covered by necessary health services.

The theme for World Health Day 2024, “My health, my right”, emphasizes the importance of everyone having access to quality health services, education, information, safe drinking water, clean air, good nutrition, quality housing, decent working conditions, and freedom from discrimination. This theme serves to advocate for the fundamental right of all individuals to live healthy and fulfilling lives.

WHO/Europe is committed to supporting its 53 Member States in addressing these challenges, addressing gaps and strengthening health systems to ensure that all individuals have access to the healthcare they need. By translating WHO’s vision of Health for All into concrete actions, the organization is working to improve the health and well-being of the nearly 1 billion people in the Region.

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