World Health Day under the theme “Together for a fairer, healthier world” is commemorated globally,. On this occasion, the World Health Organization (WHO) calls for urgent action to eliminate health inequities and mobilize action to attain better health for all and leave no one behind.
Inequities have always existed. Despite improvements in health outcomes globally and in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, these gains have not been shared equally across different countries or communities. The COVID-19 pandemic has had grave consequences for people already experiencing inequities. The pandemic has disproportionately impacted those people already socially, economically, or geographically disadvantaged, and evidence shows a worsening trend of dispararities and inequity across the Region.
“Health is a fundamental human right. Every person deserves to live a healthy life regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity, disability, economic situation or employment. Progress in tackling health disparities has been slow worldwide, including in the Region in which many countries are experiencing emergencies and conflict and we have the largest number of displaced people in the world,” said Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO, Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean.
In addition to conflict, several factors contribute to inequities such as poverty, unemployment, environmental challenges, gender inequalities, and most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic. All of these factors and others have a negative affect on the provision of services to communities and ultimately on their health and well-being.
Online fitness has already become the dominant trend around the world in the last months of the global pandemic. It is mostly based on VOD (video-on-demand) platforms that can easily provide digital transformation of offline educational businesses, like fitness, yoga, pilates, etc.
The growing potential of video and streaming content as all-inclusive digital fitness experiences that can rival or out-match traditional in-person fitness settings in the following ways: The Future of Fitness: How Digital Experiences Will Guide the 2020s
•At-Home Fitness Revolution
•Live Streaming Functions
For example, live streaming enables nearly the same experience people have in a brick-and-mortar gym to be reproduced online in a natural manner – so it is a most realistic alternative replicating the in-person class experience – once users have connected to the stream, instructors can see the metrics of all its attendees.
Persons with disabilities have the same health needs as every other member of the population, including immunization, screening, sexual and reproductive health, and all other aspects of regular healthcare. They may also have additional or more complex health needs, because of impairment and the consequences of impairment.
People with disabilities may benefit from specialist services as a result of their impairment, which includes physical therapy, assistive devices, speech and language therapy, psychiatry and more. Many of these services are usually known as “rehabilitation.
Persons with disabilities are faced with a range of barriers when they seek healthcare. Strategies are required to overcome these different barriers in order to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and the fulfillment of rights. Other types of barriers may be less well recognized and understood. For example, for people who are deaf or have other communication difficulties, may miss out information or on being informed about their options if there is a lack of sign language or other adapted communication tools. People with visual impairment may not be able to read letters from health professionals or instructions regarding medication.
Efforts are needed to remove barriers so that access to healthcare services is made equitable for people with disabilities. By making healthcare services inclusive, respectful and barrier-free, will improve access for other vulnerable groups, as well as improve healthcare coverage overall. Improving healthcare services for persons with disabilities will likely be cost-saving, reducing future healthcare costs, promoting inclusion and improving economic productivity for these people. Overall, these changes will help in achievement of UHC and Sustainable Development Goals, by ensuring that healthcare services reach the whole population of persons with disabilities, so that they can experience better health, better productivity, and less poverty.
Above all, providing better access to inclusive and non-discriminatory healthcare for people with disabilities will help ensure that their rights are met. Improving health of people with disabilities will reap benefits in terms of reduced morbidity and mortality. Better health will also help these people to realize their other rights, viz right to education, employment, and social inclusion, and so will improve well-being, social inclusion and reduce poverty.
As you see, there’s a lot to be excited about when it comes to video trends in 2021 from brands vlogging to an increase in live streaming to more accessible OTT options and more. In fact, all of these trends are easily accessible to anyone.