World Health Day: My Health, My Right

April 1, 2024
Every year, the World Health Organization has World Health Day, with a new theme to address a specific world health challenge. On April 7th, 2024, World Health Day’s theme is My Health, My Right. Overall, it is to address that health is a right to everyone, everywhere.

But what does the right to health include? To have access to quality healthcare, education, and information, as well as safe drinking water, clean air, good nutrition, quality housing, decent working and environmental conditions, and freedom from discrimination. (World Health Organization, 2024).

Around the world, many people do not have access to many of the rights listed above with the threat increasing globally. According to the WHO Council on the Economics of Health forAll, at least 140 countries recognize health as a human right. Yet very few are passing legislation to protect access to health services.

How can we help? Getting involved in the local community, campaigning for local health policies and health access in Wisconsin is a great place to start. Sharing information and talking with your community can lead to smaller Collective action which can precede and initiate larger, global change!

Consider reaching out to your local Wisconsin State Representative to share your message. You can find your district representative and their contact information here.