The theme for World Health Day on 7 April 2021 is build a fairer, healthier world.
Our world is an unequal one. As COVID-19 has highlighted, some people are able to live healthier lives and have better access to health services than others - entirely due to the conditions in which they are born, grow, live, work and age.
All over the world, some groups struggle to make ends meet with little daily income, have poorer housing conditions and education, fewer employment opportunities, experience greater gender inequality, and have little or no access to safe environments, clean water and air, food security and health services. This leads to unnecessary suffering, avoidable illness, and premature death. And it harms our societies and economies.
COVID-19 has hit all countries hard, but its impact has been harshest on those communities which were already vulnerable, who are more exposed to the disease, less likely to have access to quality health care services and more likely to experience adverse consequences as a result of measures implemented to contain the pandemic.
There are many in DIAKONIA World Federation who are involved in providing health care. Please hold them in your prayers, that their ministry of care and compassion will be a blessing to those who serve, and protected from harm to their own health. There are many also involved in monitoring and addressing the social inequities that deny people access to good health care. Please pray for them that they have the courage to seek the change that will transform people's lives through access to adequate health services.
(includes information from World Health Organisation)
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