World Health Day 2022: Our Planet, Our Health
Today, April 7th, Unimed will join the rest of the world in celebrating the annual World Health Day which aims to raise awareness on pressing global health issues. This year, the theme for World Health Day will revolve around the link between the climate crises and human health. Specifically, the World Health Organization (WHO) will “focus global attention on urgent actions needed to keep humans and the planet healthy and foster a movement to create societies focused on well-being.”
According to the WHO, it is estimated that over 13 million deaths globally are due to avoidable environmental causes. It is therefore crucial that governments, companies, societies and all of us as individuals contribute to making our planet as healthy as possible for ourselves and future generations to come. Investing in sustainable practices, devising and/or implementing policies to tackle environmental issues such as air pollution and plastic waste and protecting biodiversity are all ways in which we can contribute to a healthier planet.
Supporting Global Health
Encouraging societies to focus on well-being involves both mental and physical health. There should be equal, accessible health for all, which is why Unimed has supplies rapid, customised first aid kits to those in crisis, as well as delivering essential medical products to organisations daily.
We must remember the importance of mental health as well as physical health. Since 2020, billions of us have been in and out of lockdowns due to the outbreak of COVID-19. This has led to an even heavier weight on mental health, which is why societies need to normalise it even further.
Unimed’s Managing Director, Shameet Thakkar, said, “Focusing on creating a healthy, happy mindset for yourself and others is part of the bigger global health picture. Never underestimate its importance.”
Responding to the Climate Crisis
In a continuous effort to strategically respond to the current climate crisis, Unimed implements carbon offsetting when using air freight transportation. This includes exchanging carbon emissions for planting trees in worldwide locations by purchasing emission reduction credit on all flights. To be able to strive toward lowering global warming by 1.5 degrees by 2030, as stated by the Paris Agreement, businesses need to commit to small changes that make a long-term impact.
Partnering with locally-led manufacturers and suppliers to provide quality medical products is another way in which we strive to reduce our carbon footprint. Combining this with office thermostats, movement-sensitive lights and other eco-friendly practices ensures we prioritise the planet’s health.