World Health Day 2013: WHO honours Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III
WHO in the Western Pacific celebrated World Health Day 2013 by honouring Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III for his outstanding contributions to public health.
WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific
Publication date: 23 October 2013
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The WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific celebrated World Health Day 2013 by honouring Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III for his outstanding contributions to public health. The day's theme was hypertension, or high blood pressure, which is linked to the epidemic of noncommunicable diseases that accounts for 80% of deaths in the WHO Western Pacific Region.
World Health Day marks the entry into force of the World Health Organization's constitution on 7 April 1948. The celebration at the Regional Office in Manila took place on the 65th World Health Day. WHO recognized Mr Aquino for his support of universal health coverage, reproductive health and higher taxes and prices on tobacco and alcohol. Twenty-five years earlier, the Organization had celebrated World Health Day 1988 with his mother, the late Philippines President Corazon Aquino, also a champion of public health.
During the event, WHO staff simultaneously responded to a public health emergency—an outbreak of avian influenza in China.