World Health Day

Every year, on April 7th, World Health Day is commemorated. It is a World Health Organisation (WHO) project to raise awareness about people’s general health and wellbeing around the world. Every year, World Health Day has a different theme. Many dreadful diseases afflict millions of individuals all over the world. Every year, World Health Day is observed to promote awareness about people’s general health and wellbeing around the world.

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History of World Health Day

Officials from Brazil and China proposed the establishment of an international health organisation that would be all-encompassing and completely independent of any sovereign authorities in December 1945. The World Health Organisation’s constitution was accepted half a year later, in July 1946, in New York. On April 7th, 1948, the NGO’s constitution went into effect after 61 countries signed an agreement to establish it. World Health Day was established as one of the first formal activities of the WHO. It was first commemorated on July 22nd, 1949, however, the date was eventually revised to April 7th, the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organisation, in order to increase student participation.

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Since the year 1950, each year’s Worth Health Day has had a new theme chosen by the incumbent WHO Director-General based on ideas from member nations and staff. World Health Day is a global event that brings attention to major public health issues affecting the entire world. Promotional initiatives are initiated on April 7th in honour of World Health Day, and they last for a long time.

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 Assembly in 1948. With effect from 1950, the Assembly declared the seventh of April to be World Health Day. The World Health Day commemorates the creation of WHO and is used by the organisation to bring global attention to a topic of great importance to global health every year. On World Health Day, the WHO conducts international, regional, and local events around a specific theme. Various nations and non-governmental groups with an interest in public health issues, like the Global Health Council, recognise World Health Day by organising activities and highlighting their backing in media reports.

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