World Health Day 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.

World Health Day 2019

World Health Day 2019 will be observed worldwide on the 7th of April with the theme “Universal health coverage”. The theme Universal health coverage seeks to ensure that everyone can obtain the care they need, when they need it, right in the heart of the community.

World Health Organisation (WHO) notes that even though progress is being made in countries in all regions of the world millions of people still have no access at all to health care and are forced to choose between health care and other daily expenses such as food, clothing and even a home.

The theme Universal health coverage reminds world leaders that everyone should be able to access the health care they need, when and where they need it.

Why April 7?

The World Health Day is celebrated on April 7, 1948 to commemorate the establishment of WHO which came into being to address vital health care issues. WHO is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.