The World Health Day is celebrated every year on 7 April, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO) as a global health awareness day.
The First World Health Assembly is held In 1948 by WHO and it’s been decided to celebrate 7 April of each year, as the World Health Day, with effect from 1950. The World Health Day marks WHO’s founding and the organization takes this as an opportunity to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health every year. Each year a theme is selected that highlights a priority area of public health.
Themes of World Health Days
2015: Food safety
2014: Vector-borne diseases: small bite, big threat
2013: Healthy heart beat, Healthy blood pressure
2012: Good health adds life to years
2011: Anti-microbial resistance: no action today, no cure tomorrow
2010: Urbanization and health: make cities healthier
2009: Save lives, Make hospitals safe in emergencies
2008: Protecting health from the adverse effects of climate change
2007: International health security
2006: Working together for health
2005: Make every mother and child count
2004: Road safety
2003: Shape the future of life: healthy environments for children
2002: Move for health
2001: Mental Health: stop exclusion, dare to care
2000: Safe Blood starts with me
1999: Active aging makes the difference
1998: Safe motherhood
1997: Emerging infectious diseases
1996: Healthy Cities for better life
1995: Global Polio Eradication
World Health Day 2015: Food safety :
As part of the 2015 World Health Day campaign, The WHO is promoting improvement of food safety . Unsafe food — food containing harmful bacteria, parasites , viruses, or chemical substances — is responsible for more than 200 diseases, and is linked to the deaths of some 2 million people annually, mostly children. Changes to the environment ; Changes in food production, distribution and consumption; new and emerging pathogens; and antimicrobial resistance all pose challenges to food safety systems.
The WHO is working with countries and partners to strengthen efforts to prevent, detect and respond to food borne disease outbreaks in line with the Codex Alimentarius. The organization advocates food safety is a shared responsibility — from farmers and manufacturers to vendors and consumers — and is raising awareness about the importance of the part everyone can play in ensuring that the food on our plate is safe to eat.