World Immunization Week 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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World Immunization Week 2019

World Immunization Week 2019 is being observed from 24-30 April with the theme Protected Together: Vaccines Work. World Immunisation Week 2019 celebrates Vaccine Heroes from around the world from parents and community members to health workers and innovators who help ensure we are all protected, at all ages, through the power of vaccines.

World Immunisation Week

Every year last week of April is observed as World Immunisation Week to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease.

Objectives
  • Demonstrate the value of vaccines for the health of children, communities and the world.
  • Highlight the need to build on immunization progress while addressing gaps, including through increased investment.
  • Show how routine immunization is the foundation for strong, resilient health systems and universal health coverage.

The motto of the World Immunization Week is to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease.

Earlier Immunization Week activities were observed on different dates in different regions of the world. Immunization Week was observed simultaneously for the first time in 2012, with the participation of more than 180 countries and territories worldwide after the World Health Assembly endorsed World Immunization Week during its May 2012 meeting.

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