World Health Day Renews Resolve To Meet Global Health Challenges of 21st Century

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
April 7, 2010
Healther Worker Prepares Vaccination at Clinic in Barcelona

Today the United States joins the World Health Organization and countries around the world in commemorating World Health Day. This year's theme is "Urbanization and Health: Urban Health Matters." In recognition of this day, Secretary Clinton said:

"The rapid rise in the number of people living in cities will be among the top global health issues of the 21st century. The World Health Organization estimates that six out of every 10 people will be city dwellers by 2030, rising to seven out of 10 by 2050. In many cases, especially in the developing world, the speed of urbanization has outpaced the ability of governments to build and maintain essential health, water, sanitation, and hygiene infrastructure and provide basic services.

"Disease is both a symptom of poverty -- with over-crowding, inadequate infrastructure and lack of health care increasing transmission and susceptibility -- and also a contributor to poverty. Poor health shreds communities, undermines economic opportunity, and holds back progress. And it denies children around the world the opportunity to live up to their full God-given potential. We have also seen that oceans and borders are no defense against the pandemics that threaten us all. These are global challenges that demand a global response.

"The United States and our international partners are committed to improving health and strengthening health systems around the world. We understand that addressing global health challenges is not just a humanitarian imperative -- it will also bolster global security, foster political stability and promote economic growth and development.

"Through our Global Health Initiative, we are investing $63 billion, with an emphasis on women and girls whose health has the biggest impact on families and communities. Efforts such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Safe Water Programs and the United States Agency for International Development's (USAID) Making Cities Work strategy are focused on public health concerns of urban residents worldwide. Our foreign assistance programs are improving local governance, creating new partnerships with civil society and the private sector, and targeting the urgent needs of the urban poor. From Afghanistan to Zambia, we are helping cities create a better quality of life for their inhabitants through access to higher paying jobs, improved health care, and quality education.

"On this World Health Day, let us renew our resolve to work together to meet the global health challenges of the 21st century."



United States
April 7, 2010

Oyster C. in U.S.A. writes:

This is most apparent in places like Los Angeles where the homeless tend to congregate because of the warm climate. I think its unconsconscionable that we allow the poor to live like sewer rats under freeways, in parks, in store doorways. It would be relatively cheap to set up numerous coffin hotels in areas where the homeless congregate. The hotels would offer a safer, secure sanctuary for the homeless and allow the government to document who the homeless are and provide services or reunite them with family members. Coffin hotels can be made of concrete with a drain in each room so that they can be cleaned everyday and air dried. Wipeable Plastic matrresses can be disinfected and clean linens can be provided.

The homeless could shower everyday and feel like human beings again. They could be staffed by a police student and other volunteers or recovering homeless addicts. Everyone will be required to do a small chore before starting their day similiar to a free hostel to the homeless. If wealthier curious Europeans or backpackers want to spend the night they can pay $35.00 for the experience and the money would be used to offset costs for the homeless. The hotels could be located under existing freeways, along safe, lighted boardwalks. It's time to start really finding solutions to problems in our society not just pay lip service to it year after year.


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