World Health Day (7 April)
“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
In 1948, the First World Health Assembly called for the creation of a World Health Day to mark the founding of WHO. Since 1950, World Health Day has been celebrated every year on 7 April with a different theme to draw the world’s attention to particular issue in global health. Each theme reflects a priority area of current concern to WHO. The Day launches longer-term advocacy programmes that continue well beyond 7 April.
Why it is important
- The highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental right of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition.
- Health is a major driving force of human development and an important contributor to economic progress of any country
- The health of all peoples is fundamental to the attainment of peace and security and is dependent on the fullest co-operation of individuals and States.
- The extension to all peoples of the benefits of medical, psychological and related knowledge is essential to the fullest attainment of health.
- Healthy development of the child is of basic importance; the ability to live harmoniously in a changing total environment is essential to such development.
How UN observes this day
The World Health Day observance is led by WHO under a particular slogan to draw the attention of policy makers, researchers, practitioners and wider public on certain issues of a high importance. World Health Day is a worldwide opportunity to focus on key public health issues. Variety of events starting from awareness raising events involving communities to high level conferences are organized under the identified slogan.
The slogan of 2015 World Health Day was "From farm to plate, make food safe." where the WHO highlighting the challenges and opportunities associated with food safety to recognize the important food safety role of all involved in food production, and to strengthen collaboration and coordination between these different areas, to prevent, detect and respond to foodborne diseases.