Today the whole world is celebrating World Health Day symbolizing the collaborative efforts of people around the world for good health.
The pattern of disease burden varies from country to country based on each nation’s level of development, ecology and social economic factors. It’s time developing countries created a common action plan in order to achieve global standards in health. In this regard it is essential for the whole world to work together by sharing protocols and processes and also enabling governments to play their roles in different countries. The entire process can be co-ordinated, facilitated and monitored by World Health Organization (WHO)
Developing nations face huge challenges involving planning, prioritization, budgeting and execution to achieve health standards. There has to be uniform development in the awareness, technology, standards, cost effectiveness and health care delivery systems. Though, health for all by 2020 has been propagated by WHO it remains more of a slogan than a realistic prospect.
Concerted efforts are needed to evolve plans and timelines and to execute them backwards. In addition each country has its own inherent problems. India, for example, primarily needs to have a single health plan for the entire country. The budgets allocated are small and need to be considerably augmented to put the plan on the fast track.
Resolving basic issues like air pollution, water contamination and food adulteration can not only reduce communicable diseases by 40 per cent, it can also help us bridge the health gap with the developed nations. This needs proper protocols, standards, licensing for food industry and stringent monitoring with a singular focus on quality.
The second problem that plagues the country is the prevalence of unsafe standards, which lead to innumerable deaths from accidents and other causes making us the global leader for the wrong reasons. Improvements in the current standards of safety and emergency services across the country can reduce the burden significantly. Lastly, non-communicable diseases like heart attack, stroke, cancer and degenerative conditions including diabetes needs to be combated with systematic efforts in research and innovation.
Let us pledge today that all of us will jointly work for this cause by adopting simple measures that can yield great health rewards and make the country “safe.” Surakhs Bharat is one such initiative. This initiative is designed to make the nation safer by involving its people in a nationwide movement.
For more details on Suraksh Bharat visit www.brains.org.in