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RCCDO April 12 Bulletin

The Official Publication of the Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro

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Source: http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2018/campaign-essentials/en/ T he World Health Organization was founded on the principle that all people should be able to realize their right to the highest possible level of health. “Health for all” has therefore been our guiding vision for more than seven decades. It’s also the impetus behind the current organization-wide drive to support countries in moving towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Experience has illustrated, time and again, that Universal Health Coverage is achieved when political will is strong. So in this 70th anniversary year, WHO is calling on world leaders to live up to the pledges they made when they agreed the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, and commit to concrete steps to advance the health of all people. This means ensuring that everyone, everywhere can access essential quality health services without facing financial hardship. The Organization will maintain a highprofile focus on UHC via a series of events through 2018, starting on World Health Day on 7 April with global and local conversations about ways to achieve health for all. Why universal health coverage matters? Countries that invest in UHC make a sound investment in their human capital. In recent decades, UHC has emerged as a key strategy to make progress towards other health-related and broader development goals. Access to essential quality care and financial protection not only enhances people’s health and life expectancy, it also protects countries from epidemics, reduces poverty and the risk of hunger, creates jobs, drives economic growth and enhances gender equality. 8

What World Health Day can do? Some countries have already made significant progress towards universal health coverage. But half the world’s population is still unable to obtain the health services they need. If countries are to achieve the SDG target, one billion more people need to benefit from UHC by 2023. World Health Day will shine a spotlight on the need for UHC - and the advantages it can bring. WHO and its partners will share examples of steps to take to get there through a series of events and conversations held at multiple levels. As our Director-General has said “No one should have to choose between death and financial hardship. No one should have to choose between buying medicine and buying food.” Global health organizations recognize Rotary International’s unprecedented role in the fight to end polio worldwide On the occasion of Rotary International’s 100th anniversary, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative today paid tribute to the humanitarian service organization’s commitment to ending polio worldwide. As a key partner in the Initiative – the world’s largest health drive which also includes the World Health Organization (WHO), US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and UNICEF – Rotary is the leading private-sector contributor second only to the United States Government. Since 1985, when Rotary launched its PolioPlus program, individual Rotary members have collectively raised US$ 600 million and contributed countless volunteer hours to help immunize more than two billion children in 122 countries. Rotarians continue to be the heart and soul of the polio eradication effort,” said Ann M. Veneman, Executive Director of UNICEF. “In addition to their own recordbreaking financial contribution for polio eradication and countless volunteer hours, Rotarians have helped leverage a further US$ 1.7 billion from governments for the cause.” At Rotary’s Centennial celebrations in Chicago, Illinois, the partners presented Rotary with a statue symbolizing the drops of oral polio vaccine that protect children from the disease. Dr. Julie Gerberding, Director of CDC, said "the day the world is declared polio-free, we will all have Rotary International to thank." Rotary International is the world’s first and one of the largest non-profit service organizations. It is comprised of 1.2 million members working in over 33 000 clubs in more than 160 countries. In 1988, a resolution of the World Health Assembly formed the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. 9

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