World Health Day

World Health Day

World Health Day is celebrated every year on 7 April, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO).

In 1948, the World Health Organization held the First World Health Assembly. The Assembly decided to celebrate 7th April of each year, with effect from 1950, as the World Health Day. The World Health Day is celebrated to create “awareness of a specific health theme to highlight a priority area of concern for the World Health Organization (WHO)”. Activities - related to that particular theme and the resources provided - continue beyond 7th April, that is, the designated day for celebrating the World Health Day.

World Health Day 2008: Protecting health from the adverse effects of climate change

World Health Day, on 7 April, marks the founding of the World Health Organization and is an opportunity to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health each year. In 2008, World Health Day focuses on the need to protect health from the adverse effects of climate change.& establlish links between climate change and health and other development areas such as environment,food,energy,transport.

The theme “protecting health from climate change” puts health at the centre of the global dialogue about climate change. WHO selected this theme in recognition that climate change is posing ever growing threats to global public health security.

Through increased collaboration, the global community will be better prepared to cope with climate-related health challenges worldwide. Examples of such collaborative actions are: strengthening surveillance and control of infectious diseases, ensuring safer use of diminishing water supplies, and coordinating health action in emergencies.

World Health day 2007: Invest in health, build a safer future

Key messages for World Health Day 2007:

# Threats to health know no borders.
# Invest in health, build a safer future.
# Health leads to security; insecurity leads to poor health.
# Preparedness and quick response improve international health security.
# The World Health Organization is making the world more secure

Themes of previous World Health Days

* 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 Start 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

External links

* [ WHO World Health Day 2007]
* [ WHO World Health Day 2006]
* [ WHO World Health Day 2005]
* [ WHO World Health Day 2004]
* [ WHO World Health Day 2003]

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