Today is World Health Day – 7 April 2018
The theme for this year is
Universal Health Coverage: everyone, everywhere
The slogan is
Health for All
What are the official websites saying? –
We have come a long way to make the impossible possible…
Our next historic achievement is right in front of us: health for humankind…
What if everyone had access to the health services they need? (1)
The World Health Organization (WHO) founded the principle – all people should be able to realize their right to the highest possible level of health.
“Health for All” has been the guiding vision for over 70 years.
It is also the impetus behind the current organization-wide drive to support countries in moving towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
WHO is calling on world leaders to live up to the pledges they made when they agreed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in 2015 –
Commit to concrete steps to advance the health of all people.
UHC means that everyone, everywhere can access essential quality health services without facing financial hardship.
Countries that invest in UHC make a sound investment in their human capital.
Half the world population is still unable to obtain the health services they need. (2)
100 million people pushed into extreme poverty due to health expenditure. (3)
To achieve the SDG target – one billion more people need to benefit from UHC by 2023.
“No one should have to choose between death and financial hardship.
No one should have to choose between buying medicine and buying food.”
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus – Director-General, World Health Organization (2)
Throughout 2018 we aim to inspire, motivate and guide UHC stakeholders to make commitments towards UHC. (2)
How can we inspire policy makers to transform the health of their nations?
Can we really expect change by “framing the challenge as exciting and ambitious”?
Would it be true to say that “inviting them to be part of the change” means that each and every policy maker and stakeholder needs to be honest about where their own personal human health is AND more importantly everyone needs to have the same meaning for this word “health”?
In other words, there is no point someone thinking it is ok to consume Alcohol in ‘moderation’ as part of health and others saying No, because it is a scientific proven poison and not for human consumption as it has zero health benefits.
Would it be true to say that we need to have a ONE-UNIFIED TRUTH about the word HEALTH and until we get to that we are not really evolving in anyway?
Next – How exactly are we going to ‘motivate by sharing examples of how countries are already progressing towards UHC’?
Let us look at an example of the National Health Service in UK.
This is one country where UHC – Free healthcare is provided for all.
How well is it really doing?
Diabetes if it continues at the current rate will bankrupt the NHS. (4)
Using taxis, as the ambulance service cannot cope with the excess of emergency cases during Christmas festive season.
Funding being cut, hospital beds limited and police having to deal with Mental Health with no adequate training or qualifications.
Children and Teenagers needing hospitalisation for self-harm and Eating Disorders.
Long hospital waiting lists for surgery.
Medical staff overwhelmed by patient demands.
GPs dealing with minor ailments like Common Cold.
People waiting to be seen in Accident and Emergency for over 6 hours.
The above is a tiny snapshot of what is going on with the NHS today.
Can we honestly say this is a great example to motivate other countries?
Would it be wise to ask the staff of the NHS and see what they have to say?
Would it be wise to study what a country endorses and thinks is ok, when it comes to human health and UHC?
Would it be a wise move to see exactly what goes on in a GP surgery on any day and observe a hospital coping with staff cutbacks, bed shortages and doctors/nurses working excess hours?
Would that give us an insight into what is true and what is not, when it comes to human health?
Next – how do we “provide the tools for structured policy dialogue on how to advance UHC domestically or supporting such efforts in other countries”?
Is this all bigwig stuff for the big kahunas who run our nations and it just makes no sense to us – the average citizen on the street?
So is UHC really working?
Are the ideals true for all?
Is something missing?
Is there Another Way?
Are Solutions working?
Are we using words that sound good but hold no true meaning?
In other words, they do not unite us all as equals in every way.
Are we all in agreement of what “Health for All” means?
How many in our world abuse their nation’s health systems?
In other words, how many of us have the money but pretend we don’t and cream the health system?
How many of us are Getting Away with It?
How many of us openly abuse the system, which means those who genuinely need the support end up waiting longer and suffering?
How many of us could not imagine having to pay for anything when it comes to health?
How many of us have dual nationality and use the free health service country of our choice when we need, it but have no intention of living in that country?
How many of us continue to lean on our overstretched health service because we know we can, as no one will ever stop us?
How many of us are truly taking responsibility for our health and well-being by making lifestyle choices that ensure we will not drain our countries’ health systems?
How many of us KNOW that campaigns do not work, as it is not a natural way, as they simply do not allow for things to unfold and evolve?
How many of us are wanting to continue living a life of irresponsibility because we KNOW our health system will take care of us when our body gives up or shows us signs of ill health?
How many of us demand that our kind and generous health system gives us the support we deserve because we pay our taxes and it is our right?
How many of us think that the health service owes us something and that our money is our money and not to be used to pay for our own health?
How many of us have ever stopped to consider what it would be like not to ever need the health service because we are making daily living choices that truly support our health and well-being?
Could it be possible that UHC can only work if we as a world come together and unite with the true meaning of the word HEALTH?
Could it be possible that UHC will work if we as individuals started with the word RESPONSIBILITY in every daily choice we make?
Could it be possible that if we were honest about where we are really at with our health – personally and in our family, community, town, city and country, then that honesty would one day get us to TRUTH?
Could it be possible that words do not cut it unless we LIVE the words we put out there into the world?
Could it be possible that we have so much suffering today on our planet, because we have so much irresponsibility in how we are choosing to live every day?
Dear Dear World
As the pope is now saying “I’m ashamed of the state of the world” does that mean he is what the dictionary says – embarrassed or guilty because of one’s actions?
Could this be said for all of us about how we feel?
In other words, we feel our actions are not aligned to Truth consistently as we are not taking full responsibility for every choice we make?
Could it be possible that if we live a life of True Responsibility with True Consistency in every way, to the best of our ability, then we would no longer be ashamed, embarrassed or have any guilt whatsoever because we KNOW our actions are aligned to TRUTH and we are not adding to the ill state of the world?
Diabetes – In 16th Century, Swiss Physician Phillipus Aureolus Paracelsus, considered the ‘Martin Luther of Medicine’ identified Diabetes as a serious general disorder. (5)
500 YEARS later and with ALL the INTELLIGENCE in this world today, we have not got to the root cause of WHY we have created an illness called Diabetes.
WORLD COST OF DIABETES IS $825 BILLION PER YEAR (6)
This is one disease.
HOW IS OUR WORLD HEALTH TODAY REALLY?
Dear Dear World
Simple Living Global has dedicated this website to humanity as a presentation of what is possible for us ALL EQUALLY, to take human health to another level but it does require that word RESPONSIBILITY.
That means –
Understand why we get SICK
Do a TAKE 2
Change our PRIORITY IN LIFE
Up the FOCUS
Build a FOUNDATION
Get the SLEEP thing on track
BE GENTLE in every way
Have a real RECIPE FOR LIFE
Keep it SIMPLE
READ and RE-READ ABOUT
COLD HANDS, COLD FEET
FAST FOOD – JUNK FOOD
FEET AND FOOTWEAR
FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
SLAVERY – HUMAN TRAFFICKING
WE ARE WHAT WE EAT
Would it be true to say that nothing is working, our world is in a mess and illness and disease are on the rise?
Would it be wise to study people, like the author of this blog who has not needed the NHS for a decade, as they may hold the answers and truly inspire others by their living way?
Is this website, with the volume of content thus far, presenting the answer for true health and well-being and could it be that SIMPLE?
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(3) (n.d). Tracking Universal Health Coverage: 2017 Global Monitoring Report. World Health Organization. Retrieved April 5, 2018 from
(4) Press Association. (2015, August 17). Huge Rise in UK Diabetes Cases Threatens to Bankrupt NHS, Charity Warns. The Guardian. Retrieved April 6, 2018 from
(5) (n.d) History of Diabetes. Diabetes Canada. Retrieved April 4, 2018 from
(6) (2016, April 6). Cost of Diabetes Hits 825 Billion Dollars Per Year. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Retrieved April 5, 2018 from