Millions of people around the world are prey to many terrible diseases. Therefore, to raise awareness about the overall health and well-being of people across the globe, every year World Health Day is celebrated. World Health Day is celebrated on April 7 every year, to recognize the widespread contributions of our medical faculty and the success of the World Health Organization. The theme for world health day 2021 is ‘Building a fairer, healthier world’.
Health is not just about physical well-being but also about the mental and social aspects. According to the WHO, health is central to human happiness and well-being. It also makes an important contribution to economic progress, as healthy populations live longer and are more productive. Observing World Health Day is considered important because it is an opportunity to draw the attention of the world towards a specific health problem and raise awareness about it. As per WHO, long-term advocacy campaigns are usually launched on World Health Day. The campaign highlights WHO’s constitutional principle that “the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition.” The organization has proposed four major steps in achieving its goal. They are working together, collecting reliable data, tackling inequities, and acting beyond borders.
Since 1950, the day has been observed on 7 April. Every year, a different campaign is proposed and stakeholders work towards achieving it. The main aim of the day is to create awareness of a specific health theme to highlight a priority area of concern for the World Health Organization.