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Opinion Pieces Address Issues Surrounding World Health Day

The following opinion pieces discuss issues surrounding World Health Day, recognized annually on April 7.

The Guardian: Improving disease control in emergencies
Rich McEachran, a finalist in the Guardian International Development Journalism competition

“…There are several areas where aid groups can focus their attention to help stop the spread of vector-borne diseases in emergencies, in both the short- and long-term. … Securing funding and making the most of technology; Protecting aid workers; [and] Raising awareness in communities … Stopping disease from spreading is a collective responsibility. It’s not just community awareness that makes a difference; it’s supporting the health workers and volunteers caught up in the crises so their work on the ground can be effective” (4/7).

Huffington Post: On World Health Day, Take Heart in Knowing the Global Fight Is Going Strong
Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association

“…About 75 percent of all deaths in the world are from noncommunicable diseases, which includes both injuries and chronic causes; the majority are related to cardiovascular diseases and stroke. So in May 2012, a global mobilization began. The U.N. held a high-level summit focusing on noncommunicable diseases. … The global experience of these health challenges creates a unique opportunity to share lessons learned and make a difference. We can change the tide and will need to pull together to bring about the greatest impact” (4/7).

Oman Daily Observer: Towards better global health
Rajan Philips, columnist

“…World Health Day (WHD) reiterates that it is not only the health of individuals that matters but also that of our communities, society and nations who owe it to their citizens to provide conditions that safeguard and promote sound health both physical and mental. While we all know and glibly quote the maxim ‘Health is wealth’ it becomes imperative to adopt positive steps that show we believe it and give health matters the top priority in our lives. WHD is a timely and compelling reminder to act promptly and decisively…” (4/7).