April 7th marks World Health Day and a call from the World Health Organisation to building a fairer, healthier world – a world where people have access to health care without suffering financial hardship.
COVID-19, one of the worst global pandemics in recent history, has highlighted the imbalance in the world. Some people can live healthier lives and have access to quality health services while others do not – entirely due to the conditions to which they are born, grow, live, work and age. Many people struggle to make ends meet, have poorer housing conditions and education, limited employment opportunities, little or no access to clean water, experience food insecurity, and have limited access to quality health services. Worldwide, poverty and poor health are inextricably linked, leading to unnecessary suffering and premature death, harming our societies and economies.
However, this unfairness can be prevented if leaders safeguard their people’s living and working conditions, monitor health inequalities, and ensure all people can access quality health services when and where they need them. Moving towards universal health coverage supports this call, which is about ensuring people have access to health care without suffering financial hardship. Achieving universal health coverage requires that health systems are strengthened and the capacity for health and care workers to deliver quality people-centred integrated care is addressed. It also depends on countries investing in the production and retention of healthcare workers.
CHIVA South Africa is dedicated to assisting South Africa’s commitment to providing Universal Health Care to South Africans by 2030 ‘ensuring that everyone, everywhere, can realise the right to good health.’ The development and implementation of our digital strategy is aimed at ensuring we reach far more health workers, ensuring that every child and adolescent has access to quality healthcare.
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