Health For All and All For Health, says WHO!

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Viewpoints - Chloe McNamee is a Health Pro­mo­tion Fa­cil­i­ta­tor with AHS Pop­u­la­tion Health. She can be reached by email chloe.mcnamee@ahs.ca

The World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) is ded­i­cated to pro­mot­ing health­ier pop­u­la­tions, with an ap­proach of, ‘health for all and all for health.’

To pro­mote health­ier pop­u­la­tions, Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals (SDGs) were cre­ated to il­lus­trate a bold and am­bi­tious agenda for the fu­ture of our health.

The WHO has a core mis­sion to pro­mote health while keep­ing the world safe and serv­ing the vul­ner­a­ble. Pretty in­spir­ing, right? These goals go be­yond fight­ing dis­ease - which is im­por­tant - but they also en­sure a fo­cus of healthy lives and well-be­ing for all. The SDGs are com­prised of a list of 17 de­sired out­comes for health­ier pop­u­la­tions (WHO, 2018):

1.No Poverty – to pri­or­i­tize the health needs of the im­pov­er­ished

2.Zero Hunger – to ad­dress the causes and con­se­quences of all forms of mal­nu­tri­tion

3.Good Health and Well-be­ing – to en­sure healthy lives and pro­mote well-be­ing for ev­ery­one

4.Qual­ity Ed­u­ca­tion – to sup­port high qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion for all to im­prove health and health eq­uity

5.Gen­der Equal­ity – to fight gen­der in­equities, in­clud­ing vi­o­lence against women

6.Clean Water and San­i­ta­tion – to pre­vent dis­ease through safe water and san­i­ta­tion for all

7.Af­ford­able and Clean En­ergy – to pro­mote sus­tain­able en­ergy for healthy homes and healthy lives

8.De­cent Work and Eco­nomic Growth – to pro­mote health and em­ploy­ment as a driver of in­clu­sive eco­nomic growth

9.In­dus­try, In­no­va­tion, and In­fra­struc­ture – to pro­mote na­tional R&D ca­pac­ity (in­di­ca­tors used to mon­i­tor re­sources de­voted to sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy world­wide) and man­u­fac­tur­ing of af­ford­able es­sen­tial med­i­cal prod­ucts

10.Re­duced In­equal­i­ties – to en­sure eq­ui­table ac­cess to health ser­vices through uni­ver­sal health cov­er­age based on stronger pri­mary care

11.Sus­tain­able Com­mu­ni­ties and Cities – to fos­ter health­ier cities through ur­ban plan­ning for cleaner air and safer and more ac­tive liv­ing

12.Re­spon­si­ble Con­sump­tion and Pro­duc­tion – to pro­mote re­spon­si­ble con­sump­tion of medicines to com­bat an­tibi­otic re­sis­tance

13.Cli­mate Ac­tion – to pro­tect health from cli­mate risks, and pro­mote health through low-car­bon de­vel­op­ment

14.Life Be­low Water – to sup­port the restora­tion of fish stocks to im­prove safe and di­ver­si­fied healthy di­ets

15.Life on Land – to pro­mote health and pre­vent dis­ease through healthy nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ments

16.Peace, Jus­tice, and Strong In­sti­tu­tions – to em­power stronger in­sti­tu­tions to de­velop, im­ple­ment, mon­i­tor, and ac­count for am­bi­tious na­tional SDG re­sponse

17.Part­ner­ships for The Goals – to mo­bi­lize part­ners to mon­i­tor and at­tain the health re­lated SDG’s

Hope­fully this list of sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals in­spires you, but it should also bring aware­ness about the ex­ten­sive is­sues that we need to sus­tain, in or­der to fos­ter health­ier pop­u­la­tions. This will cre­ate pos­i­tive, happy, and long-last­ing lives. If we all make small or big changes in our lives in­di­vid­u­ally, this can cause a rip­ple-ef­fect, mak­ing changes to our pop­u­la­tions and en­vi­ron­ments. So what can you choose? Health for all and all for health!

Ref­er­ence: World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (2018). Health Pro­mo­tion: Pro­mot­ing Health­ier Pop­u­la­tions. Re­trieved from http://www.who.int/health­pro­mo­tion/en/

CHLOE MCNAMEE

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