World Health Day (WHD) is an annual event observed on April 7th to draw the attention of people towards the importance of global health. Sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), this global event provides an opportunity to start collective action to protect people’s health and well-being.
The concept of this event was first conceived back in 1947 when the WHO held its first World Health Assembly. The Assembly decided to observe the 7th of April each year with effect from 1950 as the “World Health Day”. Over these years, the event has grown to become a unique platform to talk and teach people about health concerns around the world.
Reports suggest that at least half of the world’s people are currently unable to obtain essential healthcare services. About 100 million people are being pushed into extreme poverty, forced to survive on just $1.90 or less a day, because they have to pay for health services out of their own pockets. During the WHO’s 70th anniversary this year, World Health Day (WHD) will focus on the unique theme – “Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere.” The theme emphasizes the fact that everyone, everywhere can access essential quality healthcare services without facing financial hardship. The slogan is “Health for All”.
As part of the campaign, various local, national and international events are arranged to educate the general public and policy makers about a specific aspect of the WHO’s work. Pain management centers centers in New York and across the nation will hold a series of special programs such as conferences for health workers, informational displays for children and young people, free or easy access to medical tests and public marches and demonstrations to observe World Health Day.
The one-day event highlights the need for people to join together to take adequate steps towards promoting a healthy lifestyle. A sedentary lifestyle combined with unhealthy food choices has led to an alarming increase in different diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, stroke and obesity. Therefore, following a healthy lifestyle combining regular physical exercises and healthy diet is important. Exercise can help people lose weight and lower blood sugar levels. If you are overweight, enroll in weight loss programs offered by leading healthcare centers. Making simple lifestyle changes can help in enhancing your overall health and quality of life.
Happy World Health Day!