World Health Day: A Healthier World for a Healthier You

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World Health Day is celebrated every April 7 to commemorate the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO). To promote awareness, WHO focuses on a different health-related topic on each World Health Day.

Inspiring global health

On April 7, 1948, the World Health Organization was born, and over the years, it has impacted and led global health initiatives through its annual campaigns. In addition to World Health Day in April, WHO highlights seven specific initiatives, including:

  • World Tuberculosis Day - March 24
  • World Immunization Week - Last week in April
  • World Malaria Day - April 25
  • World No Tobacco Day - May 31
  • World Blood Donor Day - June 14
  • World Hepatitis Day - June 18
  • World AIDS Day - November 28

Leading global health solutions

WHO's efforts are driven by six leadership priorities that actively engage a global audience and resources beyond the seven days and one week of specific initiatives. These leadership priorities are reflected as umbrella concepts realized through action plans that raise awareness of issues from universal health coverage to increased access to medical products.

Universal health coverage

Healthcare for everyone is one of WHO's primary goals. WHO partners with countries and regions to activate this coverage.

International health regulations

These regulations, established by WHO, are binding on 196 countries and serve to equip countries and regions to combat microbial threats, such as widespread disease outbreaks. WHO guides countries and regions to establish action plans that confront such threats.

Increasing access to medical products

WHO pursues global access to essential medicines and medical technology through practical measures that connect these resources to those regions that need them.

Social, economic and environmental determinants

This leadership priority addresses the increasing quality of life and life span through improved health. WHO works on global and localized levels to identify what causes disease and ill health.

Noncommunicable diseases

A rise in noncommunicable diseases is a primary challenge for WHO, which helps global, regional and local sectors effectively and comprehensively respond to disease outbreaks.

Health-related development goals

Through this priority, WHO addresses eight development goals that 191 United Nations Member States have committed to achieving by 2015. WHO helps these Member States build and/or maintain any momentum gained toward the 2015 Millennium Development Goals, particularly emphasizing building robust health systems and effective health institutions that provide equitable healthcare.

Globally connected through health

Human health is increasingly viewed through an international lens, and the pursuit of improved health outcomes is a globalized initiative as reflected in campaigns such as World Health Day. Improving human health is in all of our hands, so this World Health Day, you can celebrate your own contributions to human health, whether that means caring for a sick child, mobilizing a community awareness campaign or through your work as a healthcare professional.

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