Empowering Women: A Pledge for Global Health on World Health Day April 2024

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This April 7, communities, organizations, schools, and many others will observe the UN World Health Day 2024. First celebrated in 1950, World Health Day marks not only the anniversary of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) foundation but is used to draw international focus to priorities in global health. We offer our congratulations on 76 years of Improving Public Health

Since its inception, there has been no scarcity of local, national and global public health challenges. In 2024, the world is still readjusting to the global, social and economic changes the COVID-19 pandemic has caused. Today can also serve as an opportunity to shed light on various health challenges and advocate for accessible and equitable healthcare for everyone but women in particular.

Women’s health is acknowledged as an integral component of public health, and addressing women’s unique healthcare needs is crucial for achieving overall community well-being.

From reproductive health to mental health, women navigate a spectrum of challenges that require targeted attention and support. Recognizing the importance of women’s health not only contributes to individual well-being but also to the health and prosperity of entire communities.

Yet, despite decades of progress in healthcare, women continue to face specific challenges that impact their health. Access to reproductive health services, maternal mortality, gender-based violence, and disparities in healthcare access are among the pressing issues. On World Health Day, it’s essential to emphasize the importance of addressing these challenges to create a healthier and more equitable world.

Mental health is an integral aspect of overall well-being, and women often bear the brunt of mental health challenges.

Societal expectations, gender roles, and hormonal fluctuations can contribute to mental health issues. On World Health Day, let’s prioritize mental health initiatives that destigmatize seeking help, raise awareness, and provide support for women facing mental health challenges.

Education plays a pivotal role in empowering women to make informed decisions about their health. Promoting health literacy ensures that women can advocate for their well-being, access healthcare services, and adopt healthy lifestyles. Governments, NGOs, and communities should work together to provide education that addresses women’s specific health needs.

Maternal mortality remains a critical issue in many parts of the world including here in Canada. Lack of access to quality maternal healthcare, education, and family planning contributes to preventable maternal deaths. World Health Day serves as a reminder to advocate for policies and programs that prioritize maternal health, ensuring safe pregnancies and childbirth for women globally.

All nine of Women’s Centres are a supportive ecosystem for women’s health.

Every day, we bring together resources and advocate for collaboration between governments, healthcare providers, and communities. By fostering a safe environment that values women’s we break down barriers to access, reduce stigma, and promote holistic health and well-being for women throughout rural Nova Scotia.

So on World Health Day, let’s unite in our commitment to prioritize women’s health as an essential component of global health. By addressing the unique challenges women face and promoting initiatives that empower and support them, we can contribute to building a healthier, more equitable world for all. Together, let’s advocate for change and work towards a future where every woman has the opportunity to lead a healthy and fulfilling life.

For more information on our health and well-being programs, please connect with a Women’s Centre in your area.