Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva is a dedicated professional with extensive experience in pediatric critical care medicine. He serves as the chief scientific officer at Virtual Pediatric Systems (VPS). Over his 15 years of leadership experience, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva's contributions have significantly driven the network's growth and influence. He is also dedicated to improving health outcomes.
The presence of disease and injuries encapsulates the traditional concept of poor health and deviation from well-being. However, a person's ability to do things they need is also an indicator of health.
The term "well-being" gained popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic, alongside words like "lockdown." People realized that when they couldn't go for walks, work normally, or meet friends. Many people's sense of well-being suffered. Suddenly, being healthy wasn't just about bodies, as it also depended on doing things that mattered.
Although this was a new idea for the majority, the World Health Organization (WHO) already had this notion of health, even before COVID-19. The organization introduced a fresh way of looking at personal health experiences called "human functioning," which considers how people live.
Human functioning is already revolutionizing the traditional medical way of thinking by considering how people experience health in their daily lives. It's about the ability to eat, socialize, and work. This approach helps people understand health more fully.
If a person with a disability lives in a place that isn't easy to move around, their daily life might be hard. With help like special devices and changes to their environment, their ability to do things can improve, showing that health isn't just about diseases but also how they live and what they can do.
DR. RAMESH SACHDEVA - AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS EXECUTIVE LEADER