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World Health Day


The World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on 7 April, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as other related organizations.

In 1948, the WHO held the First World Health Assembly. The Assembly decided to celebrate 7 April of each year, with effect from 1950, as the World Health Day. The World Health Day is held to mark WHO's founding, and is seen as an opportunity by the organization to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health each year.

The WHO organizes international, regional and local events on the Day related to a particular theme. World Health Day is acknowledged by various governments and non-governmental organizations with interests in public health issues, who also organize activities and highlight their support in media reports, such as the Global Health Council.

World Health Day is one of eight official global health campaigns marked by WHO, along with World Tuberculosis Day, World Immunization Week, World Malaria Day, World No Tobacco Day, World AIDS Day, World Blood Donor Day, and World Hepatitis Day



Themes of World Health Days

  •  2006: Working together for health
  •  2008: Protecting health from the adverse effects of climate change
  •  2009: Save lives. Make hospitals safe in emergencies
  •  2010: Urbanization and health
  •  2011: Antimicrobial Resistance
  •  2012: Ageing and Health
  •  2013: Healthy Blood Pressure
  •  2014: Small bite, Big threat  
  •  2015: Food Safety
  •  2016: Diabetes
  •  2017: Depression: Let's Talk

Each year, the WHO will choose a specific health related theme for World Health Day. That theme will be focused on in media campaigns all year long, but the highlight of it all will be on 7 April.
There are also various local events organised by the WHO, government organisations, and humanitarian and health related private organisations on World Health Day.
Many involved will be featured in media reports, may conduct fundraising campaigns, and may cooperate to improve world health by membership in such groups as the Global Health Council.

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