World Health Day 2020

WORLD HEALTH DAY: Every year, on April 7th, we celebrate the World Health Day. This day is a global health awareness day, which has been observed under the sponsorship of the WHO, or the World Health Organisation, along with other organizations. 

It was in the year 1948 when the World Health Organisation held the first-ever World Health Assembly, which further decided to celebrate April 7th as the World Health Day, every year from 1950 onwards. This day marks the founding of the WHO, and also draws global attention to the subject of health and hygiene all around the world. 

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World Health Day is amongst the eight official global health campaigns that the WHO marks, in addition to World Immunization Week, World Tuberculosis Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Malaria Day, World Blood Donor Day, World AIDS Day as well as World Hepatitis Day. Every year, on this day, the World Health Organisation holds many events on an international, regional as well as local level, all of which are related to a particular decided theme. 

CELEBRATIONS OF THE WORLD HEALTH DAY:

On April 7th every year, governmental as well as non-governmental health organizations organize events that focus on promoting healthier habits of living. From exciting activities to pledges and support plans, these events aim to create awareness about what can increase the life expectancy of people around the world. 

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In addition to organizing conferences for health workers, the organizations also hold press briefings for politicians, along with informational cartoons and displays for children. Furthermore, many demonstrations and free medical camps are also held for people all around the world. In schools and other educational institutions, debates on health issues, art exhibitions, and other competitions are also held on World Health Day. 

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THEMES OF WORLD HEALTH DAY OVER THE YEARS:

Since World Health Day observes global health issues, every year, a particular issue is chosen by the World Health Organisation to raise awareness about the dam. One of the most famous themes of this day was that of 2012, where the theme of the day was “Good health adds lives to years.” Through this theme, the WHO had the aim to promote healthier living habits amongst people so that they could live for a longer period of time. Apart from this, there have also been issues like HIV and AIDS, among others. Throughout the years, the theme of World Health Day has been as follows:

1991: Should Disaster Strike, Be Prepared

1992: Heart Beat: A Rhythm Of Health

1993: Handle Life With Care: Prevent Violence And Negligence

1994: Oral Health For A Healthy Life

1995: Global Polio Eradication

1996: Healthy Cities For Better Life

1997: Emerging Infectious Diseases

1998: Safe Motherhood

1999: Active Aging Makes The Difference

2000: Safe Blood Starts With Me

2001: Mental Health: Stop Exclusion, Dare To Care

2002: Move For Health

2003: Shape The Future Of Life: Healthy Environments For Children

2004: Road Safety

2005: Make Every Mother And Child Count

2006: Working Together For Health

2007: International Health Security

2008: Protecting Health From The Adverse Effects Of Climate Change

2009: Save Lives, Make Hospitals Safe In Emergencies

2010: Urbanization And Health: Make Cities Healthier

2011: Antimicrobial Resistance: No Action Today, No Cure Tomorrow

2012: Good Health Adds Life To Years

2013: Healthy Heart Beat, Healthy Blood Pressure

2014: Vector-Borne Diseases: Small Bite, Big Threat

2015: Food Safety

2016: Halt The Rise: Beat Diabetes

2017: Depression: Let’s Talk

2018: Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere

2019: Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere

2020: Support Nurses And Midwives

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WORLD HEALTH DAY 2020:

This year, on World Health Day 2020, the focus is on the contribution of the nurses and midwives. The organization aims to recognize the role that midwives and nurses play in keeping the world and people healthy. As a special response to the COVID-19 pandemic all around the world, nurses, along with other health workers are at the extreme frontlines. They are not only helping people but also putting their own health at risk in order to protect the community. Therefore, it is the need of the hour to highlight the work that nurses and midwives are putting in right now. And there is nothing better than using World Health Day to celebrate this workforce as one of the most valuable resources we have in the world.  

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