Since the First World Health Assembly was held in 1948, World Health Day is commemorated every April 7.

According to the WHO, “health is the state of complete physical, mental and social well-being of an individual and not merely the absence of disease”. But this definition was reformulated by the organization itself, assuring that “health is the degree to which a person can carry out their aspirations. Satisfy their needs and relate adequately to their environment.”

The health of our planet is at risk from a triple crisis that is interconnected with people’s health: climate change, loss of biodiversity and pollution. For these reasons, protecting people’s health requires definitively transformative action in all sectors, including energy, transport, nature, food systems, finance, among others.

This call from PAHO, WHO and their partners presents a unique opportunity for a green and healthy recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. This puts the health of people and the planet at the center of actions. In addition, it encourages a movement to create societies focused on well-being.

In the midst of a pandemic, a polluted planet, a rise in diseases such as cancer, asthma and heart disease, the WHO will use the celebration of World Health Day to draw the world’s attention to the urgent measures that are needed to maintain the health of human beings and the planet and encourage change so that societies care about well-being.

The WHO estimates that each year there are more than 13 million deaths due to preventable environmental causes, without going any further, to the climate crisis, which is the greatest threat to health facing humanity. The climate crisis is also a health crisis.