World Health Day

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2024 Date7 April 2024
2025 Date7 April 2025

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World Health Day History

World Health Day is dedicated to highlighting the importance of public health. It was established by the World Health Organization (WHO) to promote physical, mental, and social well-being, under the purview of "universal health coverage". Each year a specific theme is chosen to raise awareness about pertinent health issues, aiming to stimulate conversation surrounding prevention, detection, and treatment methods. The observance deepens understanding, motivates policy-level changes, and pushes for action to improve health conditions worldwide.

Introduced in 1950, World Health Day, since then, has addressed various health issues that have resonated widely, and India has equally shared its stake. For instance, India is challenged by a dual burden of communicable diseases like tuberculosis, and a growing epidemic of non-communicable diseases, including cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. On World Health Day, the WHO coordinates with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in India to raise awareness about such issues and stimulates efforts towards achieving better health outcomes for all in the country.

In recognition of World Health Day, India witnesses an outpour of programs such as free medical check-ups, workshops, and awareness drives conducted by governmental and non-governmental organisations. This celebration encourages millions of people to actively participate, learn more about health issues, and lead a more health-conscious lifestyle. World Health Day is commemorated on April 7 each year, striving towards achieving universal health coverage and contributing to a healthier and more productive India.

Facts about World Health Day

  • The theme for World Health Day in 2024 was My health, my right. The theme in 2022 was Our Planet, Our Health.
  • According to the World Health Organization, 58% of deaths in children under age five are caused by infectious diseases with pneumonia being the highest cause of those deaths.
  • Rooted in ancient wisdom and dating back over 5,000 years, Ayurveda emphasizes balance between mind, body, and spirit, utilizing natural remedies like herbs, diet, and yoga.
  • With 2.64 million individuals living with HIV/AIDS (according to 2019 data), India has the third-largest HIV epidemic in the world.

Top things to do in India for World Health Day

  • Get your blood pressure checked! High blood pressure is a silent killer known to massively increase the risk for heart disease and stroke.
  • Play sports or exercise. Exercise raises the heart rate, burns calories, releases endorphins, and helps with leading a healthier lifestyle.
  • Participate in Walkathons and Marathons: Such events are quite popular in metro cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and others where fitness enthusiasts participate to promote physical fitness and mental health.
  • Read a book to learn more about Health in India:
    Health & Economic Growth in India: Issues and Evidence - by Makarand Upadhyaya.
    Unraveling India's Healthcare Challenge - by Subrata Sinha.

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