Our health can affect our quality of life. World Health Day is a global health awareness day organized by the World Health Organisation which takes place on 7th April each year. Each World Health Day has a theme and the theme for 2019 is ”Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere”. Universal Health Coverage (UHC) means that all people and communities should be able to access quality health services wherever and whenever they need them without facing financial difficulties as a result of doing so. The full range of health services that should be accessible to all are: health promotion and prevention, medical treatment, rehabilitation, and palliative care.
Universal Health Coverage should also protect carers who provide care for loved ones living with various illnesses and medical conditions. The medical needs of carers are often overlooked because of the focus on the needs of those they are caring for. As part of our work, we strive to ensure that carers have their mental and physical health looked after. To do this, we have created numerous health camps where medically trained staff gather in a voluntary capacity and invite carers to attend to discuss any medical concerns they may have about themselves. These camps give carers the opportunity to access vital support and medication that they may need for their ailments.
As well as caring for the physical needs of carers, we also put programmes in place that enable carers to access services for their mental health. Carers are given the opportunity to attend counselling and group counselling sessions in their local areas which can help reduce the impact of caring on the mental health of carers.
Our work has had an incredible impact on improving the health of carers so far. Our 2018 Impact Report figures show that:
- 77% of carers who have participated in our projects have improved physical or mental health
- In India 61% of carers experienced anxiety or depression at the beginning of our projects and this reduced to just 9% by the end of the projects
- In India 55% of carers experienced significant health worries when we started working with them, and this reduced to 16% after receiving support from our projects