World Health Day 2021

Elsevier, 1st April 2021

April 7th of each year marks the celebration of World Health Day. From its inception at the First Health Assembly in 1948 and since taking effect in 1950, the celebration has aimed to create awareness of a specific health theme to highlight a priority area of concern for the World Health Organization.

Over the past 50 years this has brought to light important health issues such as mental health, maternal and child care, and climate change. The celebration is marked by activities which extend beyond the day itself and serves as an opportunity to focus worldwide attention on these important aspects of global health.

In recent years, countries in the Western Pacific have experienced rapid economic growth, migration and urbanization. This created opportunities for better lives for many, but left others behind. The COVID-19 pandemic has undercut recent health gains, pushed more people into poverty and food insecurity, and amplified gender, social and health inequities.

This World Health Day, we’re calling for action to eliminate health inequities, as part of a year-long global campaign to bring people together to build a fairer, healthier world. The campaign highlights WHO’s constitutional principle that “the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition.”

To mark World Health Day 2021, Elsevier presents a curated list of free access journal articles and book chapters in support of this year's theme - building a fairer, healthier world for everyone.


1st April 2021

To mark World Health Day 2021, RELX’s Global Head of Corporate Responsibility, Dr Márcia Balisciano, talks to Dr Richard McCallum and Dr Erika Claud about the need for a fairer and healthier world for all. 

Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology, 2021, ISSN 0363-0188,

The purpose of this article is to provide a high-yield background of foundational health equity and disparity concepts for radiology trainees, from which additional educational curricula may be derived. Specifically, this article will discuss the fundamental socioeconomic factors known to contribute to discrepant access and use of imaging services, followed by areas in radiology with well-documented disparities of which trainees should be aware.

European Journal of Radiology Open, Volume 8, 2021, 100320, ISSN 2352-0477,

It was investigated whether switching off workstations after core working hours can relevantly lower energy consumption considering both ecological and economical aspects.


International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics, Volume 107, Issue 4, 2020, Pages 815-826, ISSN 0360-3016,

To our knowledge, Radiation Therapy (RT) interruption has never been investigated in vulnerable populations in the Mid-South. Furthermore, there has been no previous study designed to evaluate the relationship between spatial poverty distributions and RT interruption in any US region. In this study, we aimed to benchmark RT interruption rates across our patient population, define clinical and socioeconomic factors associated with risk for interruption, and map RT interruption disparities across the treatment region to identify vulnerable neighborhoods.

Advances in Radiation Oncology, Volume 5, Issue 5, 2020, Pages 817-823, ISSN 2452-1094,

Population-based analyses demonstrate that many cancers are significantly associated with lifestyle factors and a number of cases may be prevented with adequate nutrition alone. Future studies should not only focus on optimizing oncologic dietary strategies, but also elucidate the impact of poor access to food on cancer incidence, outcomes, and morbidity. Such research will allow for optimal nutritional strategies to all patients with cancer, particularly those at risk for suboptimal care.

Journal of Transport & Health, Volume 19, December 2020, 100926

Examines inequity in elderly people's access to health care and offers insights to help policymakers improve this.

Intelligence-Based Medicine, Volumes 3–4, December 2020, 100022

Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) is one of the leading causes of preventable blindness in the working-age diabetic population in India and across the world. The work is an attempt to speed up preliminary screening of DR to cater to the future requirement of such a huge amount of diabetic patients.

Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine Update, Volume 1, 2021, 100005

Blood donation saves lives, and the communication between blood centers and donors plays a vital role in this. Smart apps are now considered an important communication tool, and could be best utilized in blood donation if they are designed to fit the users’ needs and preferences.

The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics, Volume 22, Issue 7, 2020, Pages 841-843

This editorial from the former Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics highlights the imperative need for coordinated networking between public health laboratories during a global health crisis.  An existing framework on which information, strategies, and resources can be shared is imperative to provide accurate and efficient patient care via clinical and diagnostic services.

Joule, Volume 4, Issue 12, 2020, Pages 2733-2745, ISSN 2542-4351

This article discusses a new portable device that can be used in off-grid places in the developing world to sterilize medical equipment thereby contributing to SDG3 and SDG 9.