World Health Day [April 7]

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : May 5, 2022, 9:45

World Health Day, also referred to as the International Health Day in several countries is celebrated on April 7 every year.

World Health Day History

The idea of observing World Health Day was first conceptualised in 1948 during the first Health Assembly by the WHO. The decision to commemorate the day came into effect in 1950.

The day is celebrated as the anniversary of the foundation of the World Health Organisation in the year 1948. April 7 was declared World Health Day unanimously in Geneva during the World Health Assembly in 1948.

World Health Day Significance

  • World Health Day aims to build awareness and then highlight the world's primary health concerns to the World Health Organisation
  • Several health issues have seen the light of the day as people have highlighted their importance to the medical bodies on this particular date
  • These issues include mental health, child care, women's care, etc
  • The World Health organisation was established on World Health Day in 1948
  • People from different communities, health organisations, etc., celebrate this day
  • Also, this day becomes an occasion of discussion for deadly diseases like smallpox, leprosy, etc

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World Health Day Theme

Every year a theme is decided for the International Health Day. The theme depends on the issues prevailing in different nations during that year.

The theme for the year 2022 was "Our Planet, Our Health". This theme came into existence because of the climate change that is not just impacting the health of the planet but is also adversely affecting the health of people living on this planet.

The emissions of greenhouse gases and waste disposal into the water bodies spoil air and water quality. We will be at the receiving end as we consume this air and water in one form or another.

The World Health Day Theme 2021 was "Building a fairer, healthier world for everyone." This theme brings about a challenge of providing accessible healthcare to all the people irrespective of their income status, gender, caste, etc.

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World Health Day Importance

2020 is considered a crucial year as the year was also named the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. It highlights the important roles that nurses and homemakers play in the economy and keep everyone around them healthy.

WHO also made some recommendations on how the community of nurses and midwives can be made stronger and more self-reliant. The "State of the World's Nursing 2020" report was launched on World Health Day in 2020.

Also, COVID-19 highlighted the role nurses and midwives play in making the entire healthcare system stronger. Such emphasis is made so that the COVID-19 treatment is done for people with ease and in full swing.

International Health Day is an important event as different health issues are brought in front of the bodies responsible for regulating the health of the people of the world. Also, it is a remembrance of the establishment of the WHO.

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FAQs on World Health Day

Q.1. When is World Health Day celebrated?

World Health Day is celebrated every year on April 7.

Q.2. When was World Health Day first celebrated?

World Health Day was first celebrated in the year 1950.

Q.3. Where was the idea conceptualised for the celebration of World Health Day?

World Health Day was conceptualised during the World Health Assembly in 1948.

Q.4. Which organisation was established on World Health Day?

In 1948, the World Health Organisation or the WHO was established on World Health Day.

Q.5. What was the theme of World Health Day 2022?

The theme of World Health Day 2022 was "Our Planet, Our Health."