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World Health Day

World Health Day is celebrated on April 7th each year. The World Health Organization founded the campaign on the principle that all people should be able to realize their right to the highest possible level of health.

This year's theme is 'Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere.' At least half of the world’s population still do not have full coverage of essential health services and over 800 million people (almost 12 percent of the world’s population) spent at least 10 percent of their household budgets to pay for health care.

Universal health coverage (UHC) means that all individuals and communities receive the health services they need without suffering financial hardship. Achieving UHC is one of the targets the nations of the world set when adopting the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015. Countries that progress towards UHC will make progress towards the other health-related targets, and towards the other goals. Good health allows children to learn and adults to earn, helps people escape from poverty and provides the basis for long-term economic development. In this 70th anniversary year, the WHO is calling world leaders to live up to the pledges they made when they agreed on the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, and commit to concrete steps to advance health for all. 

In celebration of World Health Day, OPENPediatrics is pleased to feature the following videos: Addressing Child Survival Globally by Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta and Global Health Nursing: Building Partnerships Worldwide to Advance Pediatric Health by Marilyn Moonan, Colleen Nixon, Alexis Schmid and Beverly Small.



OPENPediatrics also offers the following Special Collections: 

  • Global Health Media Videos: The mission of Global Health Media Project is to improve health care and health outcomes in resource-poor areas by creating high-quality, practical teaching videos that 'bring to life' basic health care information known to save lives. These videos reflect best practices in low-resource settings and are targeted towards health care workers who regularly practice in these settings or those clinicians with special interest in global health. 
  • World Shared Practice Forums: Within this collection, you can find Global Health World Shared Practice Forum videos. This is a quarterly forum where global health practitioners gather to view a pre-recorded video lecture and discuss questions interspersed throughout the presentation. These videos are viewed through OP and structured so that other practitioners around the world are also watching and posting their responses to a live discussion board.

Be sure to join the conversation on social media on April 7th and use the hashtag #HealthForAll.