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GHAEA supports a fairer, healthier world


Today on World Health Day, GHAEA comes together and joins the WHO in calling for urgent action to eliminate health inequities and mobilise action to attain better health for all and leave no one behind.


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. The pandemic has disproportionately impacted those who are already socially, economically, or geographically disadvantaged. Individuals who already experience inequities face the gravest consequences of the pandemic.


Conflict, poverty, unemployment, environmental challenges, gender inequalities, and the COVID-19 pandemic contribute to healthcare inequity and limit everyone’s right to health.


On World Health Day 2021, the WHO is calling on leaders to monitor health inequalities and address their root causes to ensure that everyone has access to the living and working conditions that are conducive to good health and to quality health services where and when they need them, and to invest in primary health care to achieve health for all by all.


Businesses have an important opportunity contribute to critical global needs through partnership and collaboration with the United Nations, WHO, world leaders and others. Each sector has an important role to play.


As GHAEA member Stan Bergman, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Henry Schein notes, “[w]e are at a moment in history where the threat to human life and livelihood is unprecedented. If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything it is that viruses don’t carry passports or visas. We have long known that no single sector, no single country no single part of the world can address complex global risks like a pandemic alone. Collaborative public-private partnerships are the only answer.”


We must work together.


We must collect reliable data.


We must tackle inequities.


We must act beyond borders.


As companies, we have the ability to dynamically respond to health challenges alongside public partners to identify and address inequities. True partnerships amongst governments, civil society, NGOs and the private sector that are built on trust and focused on humanitarian needs are critical to ensuring health for all.


Working together, corporate innovation can supplement the efforts of the UN and governments in reaching a fairer, healthier world.


As GHAEA member Stan Bergman, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Henry Schein notes -


“We are at a moment in history where the threat to human life and livelihood is unprecedented. If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything it is that viruses don’t carry passports or visas. We have long known that no single sector, no single country no single part of the world can address complex global risks like a pandemic alone. Collaborative public-private partnerships are the only answer.”

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