hello and welcome back. i'm jim tedder in washington, with the program that helps you learn and improve your american english. today we talk about something that is important to all of us ...our health. first we'll hear about some ideas to help older people live a better life.
then we will mix health and politics in the united states. many experts believe president obama's new health care law will play a large part in how americans vote this fall.
so pull up a chair and stay a while. voa learning english is on the air.
this past monday was world health day. the event is held every year on april seventh to mark the anniversary of the launch of the world health organization in 1948.
a non-governmental organization used the event this year to warn that 76 million older people around the world are not getting the health care they need. anna matteo has more on the organization helpage international and its proposal to help older adults.
helpage international is seeking to increase understanding through a public awareness campaign called age demands action. amleset tewodros is the group's country director for tanzania. she says millions of older adults are not getting the care they need for diseases and long-term medical conditions.
she says the age demands action campaign empowers them to demand the right to health services. she says it gives them a chance to present their demands and requests to local policy and decision-makers.
amleset tewodros says the major concern in modern health care is on infectious and childhood diseases. she says health care programs usually do not have a life-long plan for good health. she adds that lack of respect and discrimination can also be barriers to satisfactory health care for older people.