Six white flags out of gratitude and hope | #HealthForAll

Image: Dirk Pauwels
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Image: Dirk Pauwels

They are flying above countless buildings today: from the Royal Palace in Laeken to St Bavo’s Cathedral in Ghent, as well as from many a bedroom window. And white is the only colour that we are flying from the six flagpoles on the rooftop of S.M.A.K.

Out of gratitude for the heroes on the ground: from caretakers and cleaning assistants, to technical staff and those working in the food chain.  According to Wikipedia, the white flag symbolises peace, ceasefire and surrender. But this is the very last thing that we’re doing: surrendering to an invisible monster that is putting us all to the test. One that doesn’t allow us to embrace our loved ones, see friends, play sports and relax together, or enjoy the beauty of a museum.... We’re being pushed back into our homes today. An enforced retreat, a period of introspection in which the essential quickly rises to the surface.  In this situation, the need for culture and the stimulating gesture of an artist has never been greater. ‘Look’ during your daily walk or bike ride at all those fluttering flags and think of one another. About how well we are managing to keep this up, to help flatten the curve or make it fall. We hope to see you again soon and look forward to greeting you warmly in the beauty and solace of S.M.A.K.

World Health Day

April 7 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.

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