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In recent years, alternative themes have been chosen by PSI. For example, in 2017 while we made interventions on the important theme: “Depression: Let’s Talk”, we also promoted our alternative theme: “Our Health Is Not for Sale”. This was in line with our global campaign for the Human Right to Health launched four months earlier on 12/12/2016. The 2018 theme “Health for All” was in sync with our perspectives: we supported it, stressing the centrality of universal access to quality public health to achieve Health for All NOW.
The thematic position for the 2019 WHD is more fluid than in earlier years. It is not summed up as a slogan. Rather, WHO says “(t)his year’s World Health Day will focus on equity and solidarity”. It goes further to explicitly say WHO is focusing on universal health coverage for this year’s World Health Day, on 7 April. The aim of this focus on UHC is “to help people better understand what universal health coverage means – what services and support should be available and where”.
This is a welcome foothold, which PSI affiliates can stand on to call for Universal Public Health Care.
From our earlier experiences, it is difficult to have synchronised actions by affiliates in different regions and countries. However, we can do different things – but still boldly put forward our shared key messages. Our messages build on the those of the WHO, with the argument for Universal Public Health Care at its core:
Possible activities that affiliates might want to organise singly or in collaboration with other unions and/or civil society organisations include:
To project power as health workers – and thus be better placed to influence policy, we must present the stories of our activities to the world and amplify them with our international solidarity.
Through social media we can together reach millions of people across the world. From 1 April, we will commence a publicity blitz to put PSI on the media sphere spotlight for the WHD.
And we encourage you to get the hashtag #PublicHealth4All trending.
The Head Office will circulate a poster and other communication materials to affiliates ahead of the day for your use.