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AHEAD is an approved Charity Institution recognised by the MRA for the purposes of the Income Tax Act 1995. AHEAD is an approved Charity Institution recognised by the MRA for the purposes of the Income Tax Act 1995. AHEAD is an approved Charity Institution recognised by the MRA for the purposes of the Income Tax Act 1995. AHEAD is an approved Charity Institution recognised by the MRA for the purposes of the Income Tax Act 1995.
AHEAD is an approved Charity Institution recognised by the MRA for the purposes of the Income Tax Act 1995. AHEAD is an approved Charity Institution recognised by the MRA for the purposes of the Income Tax Act 1995. AHEAD is an approved Charity Institution recognised by the MRA for the purposes of the Income Tax Act 1995. AHEAD is an approved Charity Institution recognised by the MRA for the purposes of the Income Tax Act 1995.

World Health Day Blog

“Today is the day to reflect on our life styles, our thoughts and our actions, and make of health a priority. Our health is our right! Let’s take a pledge to invest time in our health and be the best of ourselves!”

World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April each year. Today, health issues have become more and more challenging! Incredibly challenging. People are living too busy a life. A life which is moving ‘fast’, and so fast, that people do not have time to think about themselves. They fail to keep track of their own health! It is recognised that significant progress has been made to improve the quality of lives of people. Inroads have been made in the field of research and science, especially medicine and pharmacology. The life-changing solutions to billions of people around the world are really impressive. Yet, access to quality health is desirable. The question is why? And why this contradiction where the world makes progress in health care services, but still nearly half of the world’s population do not have access to quality healthcare? In fact, there is a serious divide. COVID-19 pandemic explains it all!

COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons learnt:

The COVID-19 pandemic taught us that there is a real uncelebrated divide between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’! That is, for obvious reasons, there is one type of treatment for people living in poor and vulnerable countries and one for the world leaders! Developed countries such as US and Europe refused to give vaccines to poor countries! This reality is obvious but brutal. 50% of the world population cannot produce and as such do not also have the means to purchase! The producers are not givers. The only places such facilities are available are places where people are victims of war, displacement our of civil war and for other political reasons. This undesirable situation is such that innocent people are entangled in unwelcoming conditions which expose them to health issues. On the one hand war has its own connotations and casualties or collaterals, on the other hand, all sorts of persecutions, human trafficking, illicit drug trafficking, politics and power are the enemy of human lives. In such circumstances, innocent people are victims and cannot access to healthcare services. This situation is alarming and need be immediately addressed. Global peace is a challenge in itself, but at least nations can work towards a more peaceful solution for their own citizens which will enable people enjoy quality lives.

Digitalisation and social media:

With the advent of the mobile era, digitalisation, social media and availability of medication, the situation is worsening. On the one hand the health care system in a part of the world is improving, while on the other hand, a vast majority of people are suffering. The endeavour must be to include every single human being into the space where they get access to quality healthcare.

Mental Health issues:

Statistics also show that many people are suffering from mental health problems; and this phenomenon is age and gender cross cutting. People are living hectic lives and on pills; medications and all sorts of available therapy is on the shelve! With the speed with which life is going, people have a tendency to ignore their health and fail to give time to their own wellness. People are stressed everywhere and in all walks of life. Stress is a silent killer. Where communicable diseases are being addressed, non-communicable diseases are spreading like powder in the air! It has come a time for people to take time off for their health and give quality time to their health. The reflections above depict the state of affairs in 2024 as per the indications in various countries regarding healthcare. SDG 3 targets remain serious milestone to achieve for countries. As we celebrate the World Health Day on this Sunday 7th of April 2024, we extend our warmest thoughts and prayers to every single individual suffering from ailments, facing health issues, living with disabilities and victims of all sorts of violence, including war. Today is the day to reflect on our life styles, our thoughts and our actions, and make of health a priority. Our health is our right! Let’s take a pledge to invest time in our health and be the best of ourselves! Take care!

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