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World Health Day: 70th Anniversary

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the whole world has been reminded of the importance of our health. We’re humbled by the power of mother nature, reminded that diseases and viruses don’t discriminate, nor recognise cultural, geographical or social boundaries. We’re given perspective. We’re reminded that power, money and beauty are irrelevant. We’re reminded that we rely so heavily on preventative healthcare that we so often take for granted, such as vaccines and medical equipment.


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It’s also in these moments that we’re overwhelmed with gratitude and reminded to appreciate the hard work and dedication of our key workers.


Every year on 7th April since 1940, World Health Day has aimed to bring awareness of a specific health theme to highlight a priority area of concern for the World Health Organisation (WHO). This World Health Day, we honour the contribution of nurses and midwives, recognising their vital role in keeping the world healthy. “Nurses and other health workers are at the frontlines of COVID-19 response, putting their own health at risk to protect the broader community. Comprising more than two-thirds of the health workforce in the WHO Western Pacific Region, nurses are critical in responding to health needs in all settings and across the lifespan.” [1]


Nurses and other care workers are not only providing high quality treatment and care, they’re leading community dialogue to address fears and questions and, in some instances, collecting data for clinical studies. Quite simply, without nurses, there would be no response.


At Health Shield, we want to take this opportunity to thank all the healthcare workers on the frontline, without whom this global pandemic would be completely unmanageable. Remember, the national ‘Clap for Carers’ is expected to take place every Thursday at 8pm. Coming together in this period of change and uncertainty to support one another is vital and will see us through these unprecedented times.