# Building a fairer, healthier World # WHD-2021
World Health Day, April 7, 2021
Collectively ensuring that everyone, everywhere, can realize the right to good health.
World Health Day is celebrated annually on April 7 and each year draws attention to a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world. The theme for 2021 is “Building a fairer, healthier world”.
Healthy lifestyle not only has financial benefits. It also helps human beings to effectively contribute to the economic wellbeing of society and growth of the Nation. However, COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many lives and livelihood of people. Migrant workers, daily wage earners, small scale and medium scale industry owners as well moderate income HHs suffered a lot during this pandemic with loss of jobs and livelihoods.
Strengthening Prevention for All
The most severely affected in the crisis are the urban poor living in informal settlements. A majority of them lack social protection and quality health care services. Many of them and their family members also live with co-morbidities. The recent surge in COVID cases across the country has further accentuated their vulnerability and put them the risk of communicable and life threatening diseases and ailments
Community Leads the Way
Last year after the unlockdown process was initiated in phases, Centre for Advocacy and Research (CFAR) trained a cohort of 100 Master Trainers from the urban slums on COVID-19 protocols. The objective was to keep them informed about this new disease that had hit the world and build their capacities for fighting the virus by following the official protocols. This group, in turn, trained another cohort in their respective slums/habitats and residences so that authentic information was shared with the community and the areas could be kept COVID-19 free.
The time has now come, once again, to strengthen the skills of these trainers so that they are able to protect themselves and the communities at large from the Coronavirus infection that has made a comeback after a showing a decline for a few months. While vaccination to protect against the infection is on, it is equally important that people take measures that are effective in protecting them, their families and their communities from Coronavirus.
On the occasion of World Health Day, Single Window Forum and Community Management Committee members, Frontline Line Workers, Swacchha Sathi, COVID Sachetaks, Slum Development Committee and Master Communicators will come together. Stakeholders present will include, officials from Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation, National Health Mission, Ward Officials, Zonal Officials and CSOs.
The community representatives will reach out to elderly, pregnant, lactating, single women, persons living with disabilities, men and boys to reaffirm their collective resolve to Leave No One Behind and take steps to prevent and protect each other from the onslaught of the mutant Coronavirus.
Master communicators will demonstrate correct techniques of handwashing, wearing masks, maintaining norms of social distancing, avoiding crowded and public spaces.
Information on COVID-19 vaccine will be disseminated by officials of National Health Mission
Activities-April 7, 2021
April 7, 2021, World Health Day is being observed as a part of the project, Water for Women: Mobilizing, Facilitating and Replicating Socially Inclusive WASH Initiatives in India’s Urban Slums, supported by Water for Women Fund, Government of Australia, implemented by CFAR in Bhubaneswar, India.
Door to door campaign on WASH and Health with folk dance troupe
Tribal dancers educated public on personal hygiene and safety
Wall messaging and sloganeering on waste management by SWFM-CMC members
Reinforcing COVID Appropriate Behaviour by Master Trainers across 12 settlements
Take Your Selfie campaign with messaging on dealing with the pandemic
Rally on waste management by SWFM-CMC members