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World Health Day

April 07, 2022

World Health Day

Today, April 7th 2022 is World Health Day. It is celebrated annually and each year draws attention to specific health topics of concern to people all over the world.

This year’s theme is our planet, our health – which aims to promote a green & healthy recovery from the Covid 19 pandemic.  Chemical pollution, air pollution, climate change, disease-causing microbes, lack of access to health care, poor infrastructure and poor water quality are some of the most pressing environmental health threats. WHO estimates that more than 13 million deaths around the world each year are due to avoidable environmental causes. The climate crisis IS a health crisis.

What can you do to help?

  • Share your story: our planet, our health.
  • Raise your voice and demand climate actions to protect your health.
  • Support efforts to reduce waste, including healthcare waste.
  • Identify opportunities to save energy – turn off lights and electronics if not being used.
  • Reduce water usage – take shorter showers, turn off the tap when brushing teeth.
  • Walk/Cycle or take public transport to work a few times a week if you can.
  • Try to buy fresh groceries from local producers and avoid highly processed foods and beverages.
  • Support purchase of environmentally friendly products that are easily recyclable or reusable.
  • Advocate for health to be at the centre of climate change policies.
  • Buy less plastic; use recyclable grocery bags.

 

While these are some of the things that we as individuals can do, we can only do so much. Our planet, our health must be a global effort. Governmental and corporate policies need to change to lead to a greener recovery from the Covid 19 pandemic. We need to look at greener areas in our cities, de-carbonised office spaces, an increase in pedestrian areas, the use of electric vehicles over diesel/petrol etc…

Our Health

Communicare is big promoter of aging at home. Aging at home improves overall physical health and can reduce the risk of catching & spreading serious illness. On World Health Day we are committed to empowering older adults, to continue to live independently in their own homes. We are committed to help vulnerable children to receive the care they need in their own homes, rather than hospitals, which can be hugely beneficial to the individual and their families. To do this we must continue to build and maintain our strong, person-centred approach to provide care for all.

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