Age Demands Action on Health
World Health Day, on 7 April, celebrates the founding of the World Health Organization. For HelpAge, it is a day of collective action to campaign for older people's health and wellbeing.Each year on World Health Day, Age Demands Action campaigners of all ages, across the world, fight for better healthcare for older people and follow up on pledges governments made in previous years.
Universal health coverage
This year more than 40 countries will take action. Building on their achievements from last year, campaigners will call on their governments for universal health coverage (UHC). This means affordable, accessible healthcare for all.
Our world population is ageing and it’s ageing now. Governments must provide access to primary healthcare, essential medicines and trained healthcare workers to respond to older people’s needs.
Older campaigners taking action
On 7 April, campaigners for Age Demands Action on Health will meet high level officials such as Health Ministers, speak to the media, take part in marches and tweet their decision-makers.
(c) HelpAge International Here is a snapshot of ADA on Health activities from around the world:
In Ethiopia, we’re using our HelpAge radio programme to interview decision makers and older people about the impact of vector borne diseases, such as malaria.
In Jamaica, we’re organising radio and television interviews with older people who will ask for better treatment for older people at health clinics and hospitals.
Our partner, the Red Cross of Serbia, will host a public discussion on patients’ rights with the Ministry of Health, the Institute for Public Health and older people's organisations.
Various actions are taking place in Sri Lanka, including a forum for older people to discuss suitable health programmes with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Social Services.
In Vietnam, there will be interviews with decision makers screened on national television. The focus of the discussion will be basic health checks and older people’s healthcare issues.
Being outdoors is the theme of ADA on Health in Finland. Our partner is challenging politicians to take a friend out on World Health Day and share a message or photo on their Facebook page.
In Ghana, ADA campaigners are asking for health data to be disaggregated by age to include those over 60 among other health demands.
Age Demands Action on Health activities give older people an opportunity to pressure government officials, raise their voices and stand united for improved health access and treatment across the globe.
What you can do
Join the Age Demands Action on Health campaign and show your support for universal health coverage!
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