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Health is Wealth. This is what we have been hearing since ages. But do we really give our health the significance it deserves. World Health Day, observed annually on 7th April, draws attention to a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world. The day is observed to spread the awareness about the healthy lifestyle habits among the public.7th April marks the anniversary of the founding of World Health Organization in 1948.
On World Health Day 2022, WHO will focus to get global attention on urgent actions needed to keep humans and the planet healthy and foster a movement to create societies focused on well-being. The physical, mental, and emotional well-being of people is promoted and celebrated all over the world on this day. The WHO asserts that countries which invest in universal healthcare will make a sound investment in their human capital.
World Health Day History
In December 1945, officials of Brazil and China proposed the creation of an international health organization, that is all-encompassing and absolutely independent from any government powers. In July 1946, the constitution of the World Health Organization was approved and the World Health Organization (WHO) was set up in 1948 to coordinate health affairs within the United Nations member nations. WHO’s Constitution came into force on 7 April 1948, and this day is celebrated as the World Health Day across the UN member nations. World Health Day was first observed on July 22, 1949 but the Assembly later decided to celebrate it on 7th April of each year, with effect from 1950. The World Health Day is held to mark WHO’s founding. The organization uses this day to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance regarding global health each year. World Health Day is one of 11 official global health campaigns marked by WHO.
Each year, a theme is selected to highlight a priority area of public health concern in the world. It is selected by the current WHO Director-General, based on the suggestions of the member governments and staff. The theme for the year 2022 is Our planet, our health. The aim of the theme is to bring global attention on urgent actions needed to keep humans and the planet healthy and to foster a movement to create societies focused on well-being.
World Health Day 2022 Slogan
Health is of vital importance to each and every living soul. The vision behind the creation of World Health Organization (WHO) was everyone should be leading a healthy life and hence the slogan “Health for all” has been a guiding vision for more than seven decades.
Our Planet, Our Health
Human life and planet are interconnected. A healthy environment is essential to optimal health and well-being. Climate change, heatwaves, floods, land degradation etc. pose threat to human health in numerous ways. Extreme climates pose a threat to us by affecting things like water supplies, air quality and food production.
- Pollution causes or worsens noncommunicable diseases like heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease and cancer. Millions of death occur due to air and water pollution.
- Global warming leads to heat related morbidity like heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and strokes.
- Changes in agricultural practices and clearing land for farming are often associated with outbreaks of debilitating disease.
- Urbanization has led to lack of open spaces thus promoting ill-health and reducing the quality of life.
World Health Day Celebration 2022
On this day the World Health Organization as well other health organizations design programs to create awareness about different aspects of health. These are highlighted in schools, seminars, workshops, and discussion forums. You can do your bit in the following ways:
- Organize activities like cycling, hiking, swimming etc.
- Organize charity drives and fundraisers.
- Create awareness on mental health by organizing seminars and lectures.
- Join Yoga classes to help in meditation and therapy.
- You are what you eat, so make a point to start eating healthy.
- Thank health workers for all the effort they put in caring for the sick.
- Join hands with local organizations to create awareness about healthy lifestyle and also about the need to protect our environment to improve our health prospects.
The day is all about creating awareness for the health issues of the needy and the less fortunate in poor regions around the world, as well as reminding us to be grateful for our health and to better take care of ourselves.
World Health Day Quiz 2022
What is the theme of World Health Day 2022?
Ans: Our planet, our health
Where is the headquarters of World Health Organization situated?
Ans: Geneva, Switzerland
Who is the important figure behind the project ‘Let’s move’ – aimed at promoting healthy habits?
Ans: Michelle Obama
In which year did World Health Organization come into force?
“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.” who said this?
Ans: Gautama Buddha
When was the first ever State of the World’s Nursing report launched?
Ans: April 2020
Who is the head of World Health Organization?
Ans: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
In which year did the celebration of World Health Day begin?
Eradication of which disease is considered as the greatest achievement of WHO?
Ans: Small pox
According to the World Health Organization, ____________ is fundamental to human happiness and well-being.
World Health Day is an opportunity to focus on important public health issues that affect the international community. It is incumbent upon each and every individual to improve the quality of life by giving priority to health matters and also to care of our planet earth in order to have a better standard of life.
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