07 April 2022
World Health Day 2022
The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines health as "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity".
On World Health Day, we build on this definition to celebrate the day and reflect on a broader and deeper understanding of what health means.
Health is first and foremost a human right. A right that is defined by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) and WHO as an inclusive right. A right that is not only limited to access to health care and health facilities, but also encompasses all factors that contribute to a healthy life, defined as: 'basic determinants of health'. These factors include access to clean water and adequate sanitation, safe food, adequate nutrition and shelter, healthy working and environmental conditions, health education and information and gender equality.
We would like to take this opportunity to contribute to raising awareness about this profound meaning and to draw attention to the complexities which are affecting the possibility of exercising the right to health.
It is precisely on the basis of this awareness that through our projects, we try to promote the right to universal health and to contribute to improving access to quality care, especially for newborn, their families and all patients who face a chronic respiratory disease - such as asthma and COPD - in contexts where inequalities still weigh too heavily on people's health.
On this occasion, we would also like to promote the 2022 campaign promoted by the WHO: "Our Planet - Our Health". In light of the climate emergency and the rise of chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma and COPD and heart disease, we join the WHO to focus attention on urgent, necessary actions to keep people and the planet healthy and promote a movement to create a wellness-centered society.
We celebrate this day confident that every one of us can act and take care not only of our own health, but that of all people and planet.