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World Health Day 2018 – Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere

Saturday, April 7th, 2018

Today is World Health Day. It falls on 7 April every year – the purpose is to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health each year. In 2018, it is one of 9 official campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO).

* This article first appeared in HalenessMe2018.wordpress.com.

At least half of the world’s people is currently unable to obtain essential health services. Almost 100 million people are being pushed into extreme poverty, forced to survive on just US$1.90 or less a day, because they have to pay for health services out of their own pockets.

At least half of the world’s people is currently unable to obtain essential health services. Almost 100 million people are being pushed into extreme poverty, forced to survive on just US$1.90 or less a day, because they have to pay for health services out of their own pockets.

“Health for All” has been the WHO’s guiding vision for seven decades, since the Organization’s Constitution came into force on 7 April 1948.

In this 70th anniversary year, WHO is calling on world leaders to live up to the pledges they made when they agreed in 2015 on the UN’s “Sustainable Development Goals”, and commit to concrete steps to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030.

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World Tuberculosis Day 2018 – 24 March: Tuberculosis today

Saturday, March 24th, 2018

Today is World TB Day. It falls on 24 March every year – the purpose is to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic impact of tuberculosis (TB) and urge acceleration of efforts to end the global TB epidemic.

Editor’s note:

This article first appeared in HalenessMe2018.wordpress.com as the final piece in a 6-part series leading up to World TB Day today.

Hope you’ll find some time to read the series to learn more about tuberculosis.

TB was one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide in 2016, ranking above HIV and malaria.

TB was one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide in 2016, ranking above HIV and malaria.

One of the targets of WHO’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 is to end the global TB epidemic.

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POTD: Getty Images – Most Moving Images of 2014 number 2

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

The second most moving image of 2014 on Getty Images – as voted by the global public – is another heart rending photo by award-winning Getty Images photographer John Moore.

In this tragic photo, a woman crawls towards the body of her sister as Ebola burial team members take her for cremation on October 10, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. Photo taken by John Moore

In this tragic photo, a woman crawls towards the body of her sister as Ebola burial team members take her for cremation on October 10, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. Photo taken by John Moore

The sister had died outside her home earlier in the morning while trying to walk to a treatment center, according to her relatives.

The burial of loved ones is important in Liberian culture, making the removal of infected bodies for cremation all the more traumatic for surviving family members.

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POTD: Most moving image of 2014 from Getty Images

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Getty Images has unveiled its 10 most moving images of 2014, as voted by the global public.

The most moving photo of 2014 was taken by award-winning Getty Images photographer John Moore. In the photo, a Doctors Without Borders (MSF), health worker in protective clothing carries a child suspected of having Ebola in the MSF treatment center on October 5, 2014 in Paynesville, Liberia. The girl and her mother, showing symptoms of the deadly disease, were awaiting test results for the virus. The Ebola epidemic has killed more than 3,400 people in West Africa, according to the World Health Organization.

The most moving photo of 2014 was taken by award-winning Getty Images photographer John Moore. In the photo, a Doctors Without Borders (MSF), health worker in protective clothing carries a child suspected of having Ebola in the MSF treatment center on October 5, 2014 in Paynesville, Liberia. The girl and her mother, showing symptoms of the deadly disease, were awaiting test results for the virus. The Ebola epidemic has killed more than 3,400 people in West Africa, according to the World Health Organization.

Powerful imagery of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia by John Moore was top of mind globally with his photos voted #1, #2 and #7 respectively.

A total of 294,219 votes were cast from 164 countries globally on photos included in Getty Images’ Year in Focus, an expert curation of the defining images and videos that encapsulate 2014’s most important moments in the world of news, sport, entertainment and archive anniversaries and obituaries.

Ebola is also the subject of the photo voted #10, taken by Reportage by Getty Images photographer Daniel Berehulak.


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