World Health Day 2019

The focus for this year’s World Health Day is universal health coverage. Key to achieving this is ensuring everyone can obtain the care they need, when they need it, right in the heart of their community.

Although progress is being made around the world, millions of people still have no access to health care. Millions more are forced to choose between their health and other daily expenses such as food, clothing or even somewhere to live.

Through our ‘Beauty with a Purpose’ global humanitarian programme we have former Miss World winners and contestants who are qualified doctors, nurses and medical professionals. Each day they continue their charity work helping disadvantaged children by giving their time to provide access to much needed medical services with spectacular results.

Since 1951 Miss World has welcomed more than 500 contestants who work or are training in the medical profession. Reita Faria Powell, Miss World 1966 is the only Miss World who has qualified as a doctor during her reign.

Reita was a student at the Grant Medical College & Sir J. J. Group of Hospitals where she completed her M.B.B.S. degree. Thereafter she went on to study at King's College Hospital, London. She married her mentor David Powell in 1971, and in 1973, the couple shifted to Dublin, where she started her medical practice.

Reigning Miss World, Vanessa Ponce de León said, “Let's celebrate today and draw attention to make sure that access to health services is a priority for all – not only on April 7, but each and every day of the year. I believe that Universal health coverage is possible and together we can make it happen.”

Miss World doctors

World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on 7 April, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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