Today is World Health Day.
It is celebrated each year to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948 and to raise awareness about a public health priority.
Last year, COVID-19 hit all countries across the world pointing out health inequities and poor access to safe environments for some groups and people. The pandemic has disproportionately impacted those people already disadvantaged, and evidence shows a worsening trend of disparities and inequity and this leads to unnecessary suffering and avoidable illness.
For this reason, this year the World Health Organization (WHO) chose the theme“Together for a fairer, healthier world” to celebrate World Health Day calling for action to eliminate health inequities and mobilize action to attain better health for all and leave no one behind.
Progress in tackling health disparities runs slowly worldwide but Fujifilm is determined to strengthen our efforts to help solve social issues as well. Fujifilm started to provide “FDR Xair” to the organization “Stop TB Partnership” for their study to control tuberculosis (TB) mainly in Asia and African regions. And then, Sonosite SoundCaring and Global Health Loaner programs make Sonosite hand-carried ultrasound systems available to those working on humanitarian efforts in remote, low-income communities with little or no access to ultrasound technology. For expectant mothers in a rural village, an ultrasound diagnosis can mean the difference between a safe and hazardous delivery. For children suffering from pneumonia in sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia, an ultrasound or x-ray diagnosis can lead to life-saving treatment. Because our equipment is uniquely suited for these austere environments, we feel compelled to bring this valuable technology to those who need it most.
You can read many of these stories on the Sonosite Global Health blog section.
There are still many issues to be addressed, not only in terms of unmet medical needs but also other issues that include the medical divide, the shortage of doctors…Us, in Fujifilm, we mobilize our technologies, products and service to resolve various issues and contributing to further improving the quality of medical care and better health for all.
Health is a fundamental human right.