WHO Current Affairs - 2020

April 7: World Health Day

Every year, April 7 is marked as the World Health Day. The day is marked to celebrate the work of midwives and nurses for their role in keeping the world safety and healthy. This year, 2020, has added significance of marking the World Health Day for the year being celebrated as International Year of Nurse and Midwife.

Highlights

The World Health Day is marked by World Health Organization along with several other organizations. On the world health day, the State of World Nursing Report, 2020 is to be released. Every year, the theme of the World Health Day is selected by WHO. This year the day is to be marked under the theme

Theme: Support Nurses and Midwives

History

WHO held the first world health assembly in 1948. The day is celebrated every year to mark WHO’s founding. The WHO marks only eight campaigns officially. World Health Day is one among them. The other campaigns include World Malaria Day. World Tuberculosis Day, World Immunization Week, World No Tobacco Day, World AIDS Day, World Hepatitis Day and World Blood Donor Day.

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COVID-19: World Bank offers 1 billion USD for India’ Emergency Response Project

On April 1, 2020, the World Bank announced that it is to offer 1 billion USD to Government of India to implement Covid-19 Emergency Response and Health Systems preparedness project.

About the Project

The project is being launched by India in order to mitigate the threats created by the virus. It will strengthen the national system and keep up public health preparedness in the country.

The project is to run for 4 years. The funding of the project is to come from the World Bank’s COVID-19 Fast Track facility.

Key Features of the Project

The project is to measure progress of key indicators of containment of COVID-19 cases. This includes proportion of laboratory confirmed cases, responses to collected samples within time frame of 48 hours, conducting tests within WHO stipulated standard time to determine COVID-19, etc.

The Project document says that GoI has assessed that the outbreak of the virus is to continue in the coming years. Therefore, it is necessary to work on a long-term strategy to tackle the next wave of the disease.

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