World Health Day

7 April marks World Health Day which is celebrated all over the world to commemorate the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva in 1948.

The WHO's constitution states that its objective "is the attainment by all people of the highest possible level of health".

Each World Health Day, a theme is chosen that highlights an area of priority concern for WHO and this year the theme is “Our Planet, Our Health”. WHO says: “In the midst of a pandemic, a polluted planet, increasing diseases like cancer, asthma, heart disease, on World Health Day 2022, WHO will focus global attention on urgent actions needed to keep humans and the planet healthy and foster a movement to create societies focused on well-being”.

WHO estimates that more than 13 million deaths around the world each year are due to avoidable environmental causes. This includes the climate crisis which is the single biggest health threat facing humanity. The climate crisis is also a health crisis.

WHO along with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) create evidence based clinical guidelines, which provide the benchmark for best practice in healthcare. WHO surgical safety checklist is in current use worldwide in the effort to improve patient safety.

But what happens when the guidelines are not followed? If for example, a patient approaches their GP with symptoms that are suspicious of an illness or disease and the recommended guidelines for referral are not made, then there could be a delay in the diagnosis and treatment of that disease which is likely to give a poorer outcome for the patient.

If you think that you or someone you know has had a delay in their diagnosis or treatment then get in touch with a member of our team.