What is World Health Day?
World Health Day was created by the World Health Organization (WHO) at the First World Health Assembly in 1948. First celebrated in 1950, each World Health Day focuses on a specific health theme to draw attention to a top-priority global health issue. The theme for World Health Day 2011 is antimicrobial resistance and its global spread. Learn about this year’s theme as well as past World Health Day themes at WHO’s website.
When is World Health Day?
World Health Day falls on April 7 of each year. The holiday marks the anniversary of the First World Health Assembly, held April 7, 1948.
How does WHO create awareness of specific health issues on World Health Day?
Each year, WHO launches an awareness campaign related to that year’s theme. Local, national and international events and activities are also held to educate the public and policy makers on the health issue of concern. To find or register a World Health Day event in your hometown, click here.