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“A healthy, sustainable, and equitable society is essential for the wellbeing of everyone on our planet,” the statement reads. “Social and economic conditions, together with accessible and high-quality health care are indispensable for the health of populations everywhere.”

The statement expresses concern over differences in access to medical facilities and health care. “Medical care includes preventive services, such as vaccinations, preventive check-ups and health education, as well as treatment and rehabilitation services, all of which are essential parameters for an equitable society,” the statement reads.

The wellbeing of all creation must be in balance for a healthier society, the statement notes.

“The climate crisis is also a health crisis,” the message reads. “Improving the quality of the environment in key areas such as air, water, and noise can prevent disease and improve human health.”

The impacts of climate change pose immediate threats to health, the text continues. “An individuals socioeconomic status influences their exposure to environmental stressors since poorer people are more likely to live in degraded environments or environments that face direct impacts of climate change,” reads the statement. “Such socially disadvantaged groups of people may be more sensitive to the impacts of environmental stressors due to pre-existing health conditions or poor nutritional status.”

In the Asia region, emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, compromised food safety and security, and the health impacts of climate change all threaten regional health security, the message notes.

“Disease is the disruption of a balanced state,” the message reads. “Healing is the restoration of balance.”

Churches are the instruments for healing and reconciliation, the text reflects.

“Asian churches can leverage existing grassroots networks and community ministries to ensure sustainable health programmes and increased access to services for all,” the message concludes. “Additionally, churches must boost climate action initiatives so as to reduce insecurities and vulnerabilities while increasing adaptation and resilience.”