It’s World Health Day(!) and this year the WHO is inviting us to work for a “fairer, healthier world.” Here’s a snippet of their goals from their website:
Our world is an unequal one.
As COVID-19 has highlighted, some people are able to live healthier lives and have better access to health services than others—entirely due to the conditions in which they are born, grow, live, work and age.
All over the world, some groups struggle to make ends meet with little daily income, have poorer housing conditions and education, fewer employment opportunities, experience greater gender inequality, and have little or no access to safe environments, clean water and air, food security and health services. This leads to unnecessary suffering, avoidable illness, and premature death. And it harms our societies and economies.
This is not only unfair: it is preventable. That’s why we are calling on leaders to ensure that everyone has living and working conditions that are conducive to good health. At the same time we urge leaders to monitor health inequities, and to ensure that all people are able to access quality health services when and where they need them.
Inequality is all around us; people need help, people need healing. You became a doctor to build a healthier world. We want to build a financially healthier world, and believe Public Service Loan Forgiveness goes a long way toward making a fairer, level playing field.