World Health Day

World Health Day - 7 April

April 7 of each year marks the celebration of World Health Day. From its inception at the First Health Assembly in 1948 and since taking effect in 1950, the celebration has aimed to create awareness of a specific health theme to highlight a priority area of concern for the World Health Organization.

Over the past 50 years this has brought to light important health issues such as mental health, maternal and child care, and climate change. The celebration is marked by activities which extend beyond the day itself and serves as an opportunity to focus worldwide attention on these important aspects of global health.

World Heath Day 2018

Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere
Universal health coverage (UHC) is about ensuring all people and communities have access to quality health services where and when they need them, without suffering financial hardship. It includes the full spectrum of services needed throughout life—from health promotion to prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliative care—and is best based on a strong primary health care system.

World Heath Day 2017

Depression: Let's Talk
Depression affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. It causes mental anguish and impacts on people’s ability to carry out even the simplest everyday tasks, with sometimes devastating consequences for relationships with family and friends and the ability to earn a living. At worst, depression can lead to suicide, now the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year olds.

World Health Day 2016

Together on the front lines against diabetes
Diabetes can lead to blindness, amputation and a shorter lifespan. The illness is affecting people at a younger age. Financial and health impacts are devastating families and threatening health systems. On the frontline of the epidemic are individuals, families, communities and health workers that can take action to halt the rise of diabetes and its complications. Join us on 7 April 2016 for World Health Day as we take a stand against diabetes. Through collective action we can protect our families from this disease.

World Health Day 2015

From farm to plate – make food safe
This year’s theme of World Health Day focuses on food safety. Food safety is the assurance that food will not cause harm to the consumer when it is prepared and/or eaten according to its intended use. Access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food is a basic human right and a prerequisite for good health. Everybody is at risk of foodborne diseases and with new food safety threats constantly emerging and with increased globalization of the food chain, food safety is becoming an increasing public health concern.

World Health Day 2014

Small bite, big threat: Protect yourself from vector-borne diseases
Mosquitoes, ticks, sandflies, freshwater snails. Malaria, dengue, leishmaniasis, schistosomiasis. Just a few of the many vectors and the diseases they spread globally, including throughout the Western Pacific Region. “Small bite, big threat” is the theme of this year’s World Health Day — celebrated on 7 April to mark the anniversary of WHO’s founding in 1948. Each year a theme is selected that highlights a priority area of public health concern in the world.

World Health Day 2013

Stay healthy: Check your blood pressure
The theme of the World Health Day for 2013 is high blood pressure. Most people with high blood pressure actually have no symptoms at all and may not even know they have it. High blood pressure is a silent killer, responsible for heart diseases, stroke, kidney failure and blindness. Healthy behaviours and prompt management can prevent and control high blood pressure. The overall goal of this World Health Day campaign is to reduce heart attacks and strokes.

World Health Day 2012

Ageing and health: Good health adds life to years
The topic of World Health Day in 2012 is Ageing and health with the theme "Good health adds life to years". The focus is how good health throughout life can help older men and women lead full and productive lives and be a resource for their families and communities. Ageing concerns each and every one of us – whether young or old, male or female, rich or poor – no matter where we live.

World Health Day 2011

Antimicrobial resistance: no action today, no cure tomorrow
Is the world in danger of heading back to the days before antibiotics were developed? That is the question being asked as WHO prepares to mark World Health Day, on 7 April, with a warning about the growing threat from antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Previous World Health Days

Overview of the past World Health Days
Each year a different theme is selected that highlights a priority area of concern for WHO.