The World Health Organization (WHO)'s Director General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has paid tribute to health workers worldwide who are working to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable.
In a statement to mark World Health Day on Sunday (7 April), Dr Tedros highlighted the enormous strides made against some of the world’s leading diseases in recent years but warned serious inequalities remain. “Today, half the world’s population cannot access essential health services. Millions of women give birth without help from a skilled attendant; millions of children miss out on vaccinations against killer diseases; and millions suffer and die because they can’t get treatment for HIV, TB and malaria. In 2019, this is simply unacceptable,” he said.
However, Dr Tedros said there was 'good news,' with a growing movement to address such inequalities. On Friday, WHO colleagues joined hands with staff from health and development organisations around the world to symbolise their shared commitment to ensuring health for everyone, everywhere. Dr Tedros said this shared commitment would be 'fundamental' to moving forward to the next milestone in the global push towards universal health coverage, at the United Nations High-Level meeting on Universal Health Coverage in New York later this year.