World Health Day


Date: April 7

Organized By: WHO, UN

Categories: General Knowledge, Day-Week-Year-Importance

Suggested For: Civil Services Exam, Bank Exams, MBA Exams, UPSC Exams, SSC Exams


World Health Day


Background

Every year April 7 is observed as World Health Day. This day is observed to give awareness about health issues and concern under the sponsorship of World Health Organization (WHO).

World Health Assembly was held first time in the year 1948 in Geneva where it was decided to celebrate the World Health Day annually on 7th of April. The first World Health Day was observed on 7th April 1950.


Themes

2017: Depression: Let’s talk.

2016: Diabetes: Scale up prevention, strengthen care, and enhance surveillance.

2015: Food safety (with 5 keys; Key 1: Keep clean, Key 2: Separate raw and cooked food, Key 3: Cook food thoroughly, Key 4: Keep food at safe temperatures, Key 5: Use safe water and raw materials).

2014: Vector-borne diseases.

2013: Healthy heart beat, Healthy blood pressure.

2012: Good health adds life to years.

2011: Anti-microbial resistance: no action today, no cure tomorrow.

2010: Urbanization and health: make cities healthier.

2009: Save lives, make hospitals safe in emergencies.

2008: Protecting health from the adverse effects of climate change.

2007: International health security.

2006: Working together for health.

2005: Make every mother and child count.

2004: Road safety.

2003: Shape the future of life: healthy environments for children.

2002: Move for health.

2001: Mental Health: stop exclusion, dare to care.

2000: Safe Blood starts with me.

1999: Active aging makes the difference.

1998: Safe motherhood.

1997: Emerging infectious diseases.

1996: Healthy Cities for better life.

1995: Global Polio Eradication.

1994: Oral Health for a Healthy Life.

1993: Handle life with care: Prevent violence and Negligence.

1992: Heart beat: A rhythm of Health.

1991: Should Disaster Strike, be prepared.

1990: Our Planet our Earth: Think Globally Act Locally.

1989: Let’s talk Health.

1988: Health for All: All for Health.

1987: Immunization: A chance for every Child.

1986: Healthy living: Everyone a winner.

1985: Healthy Youth- Our best Resource.

1984: Children’s Health: Tomorrow’s Wealth.

1983: Health for all by year 2000 AD: Countdown has begun.

1982: Add life to years.

1981: Health for all by year 2000 AD.

1980: Smoking or Health: Choice is yours.

1979: A healthy Child: A sure future.

1978: Down with High Blood pressure.

1977: Immunize and protects your Child.

1976: Foresight Prevents Blindness.

1975: Smallpox: Point of no return.

1974: Better food for a healthier World.

1973: Health begins at Home.

1972: Your Heart is your Health.

1971: A full life despite Diabetes.

1970: Early detection of Cancer saves Life.

1969: Health, Labor and Productivity.

1968: Health in the World of Tomorrow.

1967: Partners in Health.

1966: Man and his Cities.

1965: Smallpox – constant alert.

1964: No Truce for Tuberculosis.

1963: Hunger= Disease of millions.

1962: Preserve sight- prevent Blindness.

1961: Accidents and their prevention.

1960: Malaria eradication – A world challenge.

1959: Mental illness and Mental Health in the World of today.

1958: Ten years of Health progress.

1957: Food for All.

1956: Destroy disease carrying Insects.

1955: Clean water means better Health.

1954: The Nurse: Pioneer of Health.

1953: Health is Wealth.

1952: Healthy surroundings make Healthy people.

1951: Health for your Child and World’s Children.

1950: Know your Health Services.


Actions and Programs

Every year World Health Day is observed on a specific theme which is important at that time. On this day WHO organizes International, national, regional, and local events or programs to spread the message of theme selected for particular day.

World Health Day programs and activities are organized by different organizations worked in the field of health and awareness. Schools, colleges, hospitals, non-government organizations, health organizations, etc. are took part in the programs. Many programs like street plays, medical camps, presentations, seminars, discussions, television and radio programs, awareness programs, campaigns, social media campaigns, competitions, award ceremony, etc. are conducted on this day.


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