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With several life-threatening medical conditions afflicting millions of people around the world, World Health Day is marked to promote awareness of people’s health and general well-being.

A health worker administers the COVID-19 vaccine to a woman in a residential area of ​​Ahmedabad. PA

World Health Day is observed annually by the World Health Organization (WHO) to highlight a specific health topic that is of concern to people around the world.

With several life-threatening medical conditions afflicting millions of people around the world, World Health Day is marked to promote awareness of people’s health and general well-being.

Story:

The day is celebrated on April 7 every year as the WHO Constitution came into force on this date in 1948. Since the first World Health Day was marked in 1950, the celebration aims to raise awareness of a theme specific health issues to highlight WHO priorities.

From mental health to maternal and child care, the day highlighted the importance of these issues for WHO. The organization has also carried out several awareness campaigns beyond World Health Day to draw global attention to these aspects.

World Health Day 2022 – Theme

Under the theme “Our Planet, Our Health”, the day aims to highlight the need for urgent action to keep people and the planet healthy and to create well-being societies in the midst of increasing levels of pollution, coronavirus pandemic and increasing diseases like cancer, asthma, heart disease and so on.

The WHO has urged governments and the public to share stories about the steps they have taken to protect the planet and their health. It will also focus on what more can be done to prioritize the well-being of societies.

Why is this relevant?

While the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the fore the importance of a strong healthcare system, it has also highlighted the inequalities that exist in access to medical care. World Health Day aims to focus on what more can be done to address these concerns.

On World Health Day, WHO is also highlighting how many lives can be saved by providing better and more equitable access to healthcare around the world. It is estimated that more than 13 million deaths each year are due to preventable environmental causes, including the climate crisis. Climate change has become one of the biggest health issues for people around the world.

World Health Day raises awareness of ways to fight climate change and improve levels of well-being around the world.

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