- 6 April 2018
Created by the World Health Organization (WHO), seventy years ago, the World Health Day aims for raising awareness over the main health challenges faced by people around the world. The day is celebrated on April 7th since 1950, each year with a different theme that will guide further events throughout the following year. This year’s theme is “Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere”, reflecting WHO’s goals throughout its seventy years of existence. The topic of universal health coverage has been extensively debated and is an ambitious goal for global health. In 2015, all UN member states adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, where under the Goal 3, Target 3.8 mentions specifically that states must “Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all”.