World Health Day 2017: World Health Day 2017 will be celebrated worldwide on 7th of April, on Friday. The theme of World Health Day 2017 was announced on 10 October 2016, and the theme of World Health Day 2017 is “Depression: Let’s talk”.
World Health Day History
World Health Day seeks to draw attention to a major global health concern each year. The day attempts to increase awareness about the major health concern and the repercussions of this concern while providing countries and organizations with materials and ideas as how to best handle these global health concerns.
The World Health Organization (WHO) was founded on April 7, 1948 to better address the needs of global health issues. Every year, the WHO Assembly meets in Geneva, Switzerland to choose a major global health concern and promote it through World Health Day in the hopes of increasing awareness and preventing more cases. This holiday is celebrated annually on April 7.
Why World Health Day is Celebrated
World Health Day celebration focuses on increasing the life expectancy by adding good health to the lives of people and promoting healthier living habits. Youths of the new era are also targeted by this event to prevent and make them healthy to make the world healthy and free from AIDS and HIV.
Disease spreading vectors like mosquitoes (malaria, dengue fever, filaria, chikungunya, yellow fever and etc), ticks, bugs, sand flies, snails and etc are also spotlighted by the WHO to make the world free from a wide range of diseases caused by parasites and pathogens. It provides better prevention and cure from the vector-borne diseases spread by vectors and travelers from one country to other. WHO supports various health authorities on the global basis to make their own efforts for the public health problems to enhance better life without any diseases.
Some of the objectives of why it is being celebrated yearly are listed below:
- To increase the public awareness of various causes and prevention of high blood pressure.
- To provide detail knowledge of getting prevented from various diseases and their complications.
- To encourage the most vulnerable group of people to frequently check their blood pressure and follow medications from the professionals.
- To promote self-care among people.
- To motivate the worldwide health authorities to make their own efforts in creating the healthy environments in their country.
- To protect families living in the disease vulnerable areas.
- To teach travelers and send them a message about how to get protected from the vector-borne diseases while traveling.
Interesting World Health Day Facts
1. World Health Day has been celebrated each year since 1950.
2. The World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters are located in Geneva, Switzerland. It was founded by member states of the United Nations.
3. The other seven WHO global health campaigns include World AIDS Day, World Hepatitis Day, World Blood Donor Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Malaria Day, World Immunization Week, and World Tuberculosis Day.
4. The theme for the 2015 World Health Day celebrations is Food Safety. There are more than 200 diseases caused by unsafe food that may contain parasites, viruses, bacteria, and chemicals. It is estimated that approximately two million people die each year because of unsafe food or water. The 2015 World Health Day’s message was to be informed to ensure that food one one’s plate is safe to eat.
5. Some events held on World Health Day include public marches and demonstrations, free or easy access to medical tests, conferences, briefings for politicians, and displays aimed at children and young adults.
6. World health is greatly influenced by safe drinking water. WHO has many programs to help improve overall world health by providing safe water and sanitation practices.
7. Factors that contribute to world health, that many previous World Health Days have addressed include: vector-borne disease such as malaria, Wet Nile, Lyme and disease; contaminated drinking water which can lead to dengue, malaria, and hepatitis; blood pressure, which is a silent killer and affects one in three adults; and aging in a healthy way, which involves staying active.
8. Although World Health Day is one of the most well-known celebrations meant to draw attention and raise awareness to a particular health cause each year, many other observances occur with the intention of raising awareness about health around the world, including World Leprosy Day (January 27), World Parkinson’s Day (April), International Day for Protection of Children (June), World Arthritis Day (October), and World Cancer Day (February).
World Health Day Themes
- The theme of World Health Day 2000 was “Safe Blood starts with me”.
- The theme of World Health Day 2001 was “Mental Health: stop exclusion, dare to care”.
- The theme of World Health Day 2002 was “Move for health”.
- The theme of World Health Day 2003 was “Shape the future of life: healthy environments for children”.
- The theme of World Health Day 2004 was “Road safety”.
- The theme of World Health Day 2005 was “Make every mother and child count”.
- The theme of World Health Day 2006 was “Working together for health”.
- The theme of World Health Day 2007 was “International health security”.
- The theme of World Health Day 2008 was “Protecting health from the adverse effects of climate change”.
- The theme of World Health Day 2009 was “Save lives, make hospitals safe in emergencies”.
- The theme of World Health Day 2010 was “Urbanization and health: make cities healthier”.
- The theme of World Health Day 2011 was “Antimicrobial resistance: no action today, no cure tomorrow”.
- The theme of World Health Day 2012 was “Good health adds life to years”.
- The theme of World Health Day 2013 was “Healthy heart beat, Healthy blood pressure”.
- The theme of World Health Day 2014 was “Vector-borne diseases”.
- The theme of World Health Day 2015 was “Food safety” (with 5 keys; Key 1: Keep clean, Key 2: Separate raw and cooked food, Key 3: Cook food thoroughly, Key 4: Keep food at safe temperatures, Key 5: Use safe water and raw materials).
- The theme of World Health Day 2016 was “Diabetes: Scale up prevention, strengthen care, and enhance surveillance”.
- The theme of World Health Day 2017 is “Depression: Let’s talk”.
World Health Day 2017: Depression: Let’s talk
Depression is a major challenge to health in the WHO European Region and is the focus of World Health Day 2017. The theme “Depression: let’s talk” recognizes that depression is a treatable condition and seeks to address the fact that, despite this, about 50% of cases of major depression still go untreated. The high personal, social and economic costs and the large proportion of people who are not receiving any treatment, despite the availability of cheap and effective care, underscore the importance of overcoming this challenge.
The theme of World Health Day 2017 was announced on 10 October 2016, World Mental Health Day. The campaign website contains a wide range of materials and background information.
World Health Day Slogans
“Sickness comes on horseback but departs on foot.” » Dutch Proverb
“Gold that buys health can never be ill spent.” » Thomas Dekker
“Health is the first muse, and sleep is the condition to produce it.” » Ralph Waldo Emerson
“When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no ‘I’ll start tomorrow.’ Tomorrow is disease.” » V.L. Allinear
“A sad soul can kill you quicker than a germ.” » John Steinbeck
“I think you might dispense with half your doctors if you would only consult Dr. Sun more.” » Henry Ward Beecher
“An hour of basketball feels like 15 minutes. An hour on a treadmill feels like a weekend in traffic school.” » David Walters
“If you are surprised at the number of our maladies, count our cooks.” » Seneca
“ Sometimes I get the feeling that aspirin companies are sponsoring my headaches.” » Terri Guillemets
“The physically fit can enjoy their vices.” » Lord Percival
“Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.” » Redd Foxx
“The best of all medicines is resting and fasting.” » Benjamin Franklin
“It’s not food if it arrived through the window of your car.” » Michael Pollan
“If you don’t do what’s best for your body, you’re the one who comes up on the short end.” » Julius Erving
“In order to change we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired.”
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