Important Days and Events Current Affairs - 2020

Latest Events & Observances Current Affairs 2019-20 related to important days, weeks and months. In this category, we put important days celebrated and observed in India and states.

April 2: World Autism Awareness Day

Every year, the World Autism Awareness Day is observed on April 2 by the members of United Nations. The day is observed to take measures to increase awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Highlights

In all there are 7 health specific UN days. World Autism Awareness Day is one among the seven. This is being observed since 2008. This year, the World Autism Awareness Day has been launched under the theme

Theme: The Transition to Adulthood

What is Autism?

Autism is a developmental disorder. People with autism face difficulties in social interaction and communication. The related signs shall be noticed in the first three years of the child’s life.

Factors associated with Autism

The Autism is caused due to genetic factors and environmental factors. It also includes risk factors during pregnancy. They are alcohol, pesticides, fetal growth restriction, air pollution and auto immune disease.

Significance

According to the United Nations, only half of those with autistic behaviour are employed and around one-third autistic graduates are unemployed. Therefore, it is important to increase awareness about autism and help autistic people lead normal lives.

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March 24: World Tuberculosis Day

Every year, March 24 is marked as the World Tuberculosis Day. The idea was proposed by International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (IUATLD). The day is also marked by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Highlights

The Day is being marked to raise public awareness about the devastating social and economic impacts caused by the disease. The Theme of 2020 World Tuberculosis Day is

Theme: It’s Time

  • To Scale up prevention and treatments
  • To build accountability
  • To build financial sustainability towards research
  • To put an end to discrimination and stigma

Significance

According to the United Nations, every day around 4,000 people lose their lives due to Tuberculosis. Also, around 30,000 people fall ill due to the disease.

Why March 24?

Every year, March 24 is being marked as World Tuberculosis Day Dr Robert Koch announced the discovery of the bacterium causing Tuberculosis on the very same day. When Koch made the announcement, the disease was deadly and was killing one out of seven people in Europe and America.

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