April 7, 2023, marks the 75th anniversary of the foundation of the World Health Organization (WHO). Annually, many authorities and individuals worldwide celebrate today as World Health Day – to draw attention to specific topics of general concern.
History of the World Health Organization
The WHO was established as a United Nations agency on April 7, 1948, to be responsible for international health policies. During this time, the organization has played a significant role in numerous public health achievements, such as:
WHO’s current priorities include fighting COVID-19, HIV/AIDS, malaria, cancer, and heart disease. Besides working worldwide to raise awareness on health promotion, the organization coordinates responses to health emergencies, sets international health standards, and provides technical assistance to countries who need it, among many other activities.
Health for all
Health is a fundamental human right. That’s why the World Health Organization is essential to public health efforts in every country. In addition, humanitarian, climate, and economic challenges threaten health achievements worldwide.
This year, World Health Day is an opportunity to review past public health successes, especially those that improved generations’ quality of life during the last 75 years. 2023 also calls to action to address health challenges of the present and the future and to go on a journey to achieve health for all.
World Health Day facts
The day inspires action globally
Conversation can reduce the stigma associated with illness
The themes ensure continuous learning
2023 theme is: “Health For All“
How to observe World Health Day?
Thank your nurses, therapists, and other health workers
Address your mental health as well as your physical health
Organize or participate in activities in your community