2021 is the 'year of the health and care worker', the WHO announces
The World Health Organization (WHO) has unveiled a global campaign to ‘strengthen’ the health workforce and said that 2021 will be the ‘Year of the health and care worker’.
The Geneva-based organisation, which boasts having 194 member states, urged countries to ‘repair and reinforce’ their healthcare systems in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, while ensuring that essential health services are delivered close to people’s homes in ways that don’t drive them into poverty.
Supporting its bid to ‘advance health for all’ – one of 10 ‘global health issues’ it identified as being priorities for the coming year – the WHO stated: ‘We will work to help countries strengthen preparedness for pandemics and other emergencies.
‘We will remind them of the importance of bringing countries together and of involving the whole government, not just the health sector. And we will support them in building strong health systems and healthy populations.’
Tackling health inequalities
The WHO, which was set up in 1948, announced that ‘tackling health inequalities’ would be another key priority, with the topic taking centre...
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