Much has changed since the World Health Organization (WHO) was established in the wake of World War II. Like a newborn, the WHO was initially naïve and came in with noble intentions.
It evolved its view of health, moving from one that was just the absence of disease, towards a more holistic concept, being a “state of complete physical, mental and social well-being.”
At the heart of its constitution, it positioned “enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health” as a fundamental right for every human being.
After two traumatic world wars, people recognized that a common patchwork of sovereign nations with shared ideals and priorities would be the best way of raising health standards around the world while recognizing that empowering individuals to take control of their own health would be a powerful step towards this goal.
The Alma-Ata Declaration of 1978 makes a refreshing read.
In particular: Principle IV, reinforces the importance of the individual, as well as the collective, in planning and implementing their health care; and Principle VI, with a nod to Nuremberg and the Doctors’ Trial, requiring that primary health care must be based on “practical, scientifically sound and socially acceptable methods and technology.”
With the very recent, coercive manner by which COVID-19 genetic vaccines were rolled out experimentally on the masses — many of these often desperate to regain livelihoods and be released from lockdowns — it’s clear that the WHO Constitutional principles and those from Alma-Ata were disregarded (see here, or here).
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