The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) joins the United Nations and the world community in recognizing World Health Day, today. April 7, 2016. This year’s theme is: Beat Diabetes. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), diabetes is a global epidemic and anticipates that this disease will be the 7th leading cause of death by the year 2030. There is also a dramatic increase of diabetes in low to middle income countries. WHO is working with nations and civil society around the world to raise awareness and increase prevention about this deadly disease so more global citizens can live free of this disease.
The ability to breathe clean air, free of hazardous waste, and the ability to consume clean water and use proper sanitation is a vital element to protect and prevent or manage other diseases, including Diabetes. Without access to basic necessities such clean water, sanitation and clean air, it is difficult to work toward preventing or managing other diseases.
Health care, quality of life and access to all components of healthy living is a basic human right should be guaranteed to all citizens. World Health Day 2016 serves as a strong reminder for the need of our collective commitment to work to ensure that all citizens have access to Health and Wellness Care.