The World Health Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is concerned with international public health. It was established on 7th April, 1948. and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. The WHO is a member of the United Nations Development Group. Its predecessor, the Health Organization, was an agency of the League of Nations.
The World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on 7th April, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as other related organizations.
In 1948, the WHO held the First World Health Assembly. The Assembly decided to celebrate 7 April of each year, with effect from 1950, as the World Health Day. The World Health Day is held to mark WHO’s founding, and is seen as an opportunity by the organization to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health each year. The WHO organizes international, regional and local events on the Day related to a particular theme. World Health Day is acknowledged by various governments and non-governmental organizations with interests in public health issues, WHO also organizes activities and highlight their support in media reports, such as the Global Health Council.
World Health Day is one of eight official global health campaigns marked by WHO, along with World Tuberculosis Day, World Immunization Week, World Malaria Day, World No Tobacco Day, World AIDS Day, World Blood Donor Day, and World Hepatitis Day.
World Health Day 2019 was celebrated worldwide on Sunday, 7th of April.
World Health Day theme 2019 was – “Health for All – Everyone, Everywhere”.
The day was observed across the globe with various health awareness campaigns and camps with a focus on staying healthy. Many health organizations and healthcare departments conducted seminars, talks, discussions and shared the important tips on how to stay healthy.
On World Health Day, the World Obesity Foundation along with other organizations endorsed the initiative to fight obesity across the world which is one of the major reasons for diseases. The programme focused on the importance of physical exercise and diet control to control obesity and to stay fit and healthy.
WHO observed the World Health Day with the focus on providing Universal Health Coverage (UHC) everywhere and to everyone. It reiterated its pledge to provide health services to each and every citizen in the world. It aimed that all people should have access to quality health services across the globe whenever and wherever they need it.
The Day is marked annually in the School with various Health educational programmes to enhance the understanding of students on global Health issues.