7 April

April 07

World Health Day

Day of Maternity and Beauty (Armenia)
Genocide Memorial Day (Rwanda)
Sheikh Abeid Amani Karume Day (Tanzania)
Women's Day (Mozambique)

World Health Day 2016 : Beat Diabetes
The theme for World Health Day 2016 will be diabetes, a noncommunicable disease (NCD) directly impacting millions of people of globally, mostly in low- and middle-income countries.

Diabetes is a chronic, metabolic disease characterized by elevated levels of blood glucose which may over time lead to serious damage to the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, and nerves. The prevalence of diabetes has been steadily increasing in the past few decades, in particular in low- and middle-income countries. Knowledge exists to reverse this trend through targeted prevention and appropriate care.

Not just a health issue

But diabetes – the main forms of which are type 1 and type 2 diabetes – is not just a health issue.

Diabetes and its complications bring about substantial economic loss to people with diabetes and their families, and to health systems and national economies through direct medical costs and loss of work and wages.

Working to prevent, detect and treat diabetes is also critical to development. Within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Governments have set an ambitious target to reduce premature mortality from NCDs – including diabetes – by one third; achieve universal health coverage; and provide access to affordable essential medicines – all by 2030.

WHO's work on diabetes
Fact sheet on diabetes
10 facts about diabetes
What are the risks of diabetes in children?


April 7 : World Health Day
2015: How safe is your food?
2014: Small bite, big threat
2013: Control your blood pressure
2012 : Good health adds life to years

2011 : Antimicrobial resistance and its global spread
Antimicrobial resistance: no action today no cure tomorrow
We live in an era of medical breakthroughs with new wonder drugs available to treat conditions that a few decades ago, or even a few years ago in the case of HIV/AIDS, would have proved fatal. For World Health Day 2011, WHO will launch a worldwide campaign to safeguard these medicines for future generations. Antimicrobial resistance and its global spread threaten the continued effectiveness of many medicines used today to treat the sick, while at the same time it risks jeopardizing important advances being made against major infectious killers

World Health Day 2010
Urbanization and health

World Health Day 2010 focused on urbanization and health. With the campaign "1000 cities - 1000 lives", events were organized worldwide calling on cities to open up streets for health activities. Stories of urban health champions were gathered to illustrate what people are doing to improve health in their cities.

World Health Day 2009
Save lives. Make hospitals safe in emergencies
World Health Day 2009 focuses on the resilience and safety of health facilities and the health workers who treat those affected by emergencies. Events around the world will highlight successes, advocate for safe facility design and construction, and build momentum for widespread emergency preparedness.

World Health Day 2008
Protecting health from climate change

In 2008, World Health Day focused on the need to protect health from the adverse effects of climate change. The health impacts of climate change are already evident in different ways. These impacts will be disproportionately greater in vulnerable populations, which include the very young, elderly, medically infirm, poor and isolated populations.

World Health Day 2007
International health security

The theme for World Health Day 2007 was international health security, which is the first line of defence against public health emergencies that can devastate people, societies and economies worldwide. The aim was to urge governments, organizations and businesses to "invest in health, build a safer future".

World Health Day 2006
Working together for health

In 2006, World Health Day was devoted to the health workforce crisis. Around the world, there is a chronic shortage of health workers as a result of decades of underinvestment in their education, training, salaries, working environment and management. This is a crisis from which no country is entirely immune.

2005: make every mother and child count
2004: road safety
2003: shape the future of life
2002: move for health
2001: mental health: stop exclusion, dare to care

Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide

1788 – American Pioneers to the Northwest Territory arrive at the confluence of the Ohio and Muskingum rivers, establishing Marietta, Ohio, as the first permanent American settlement of the new United States in the Northwest Territory, and opening the westward expansion of the new country.
1827 – John Walker, an English chemist, sells the first friction match that he had invented the previous year.
1906 – Mount Vesuvius erupts and devastates Naples.
1927 – First distance public television broadcast (from Washington, D.C., to New York City, displaying the image of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover).
1946 – Syria's independence from France is officially recognised.
1948 – The World Health Organization is established by the United Nations.
1948 – A Buddhist monastery burns in Shanghai, China, leaving twenty monks dead.
1954 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower gives his "domino theory" speech during a news conference.
1956 – Spain relinquishes its protectorate in Morocco.
1964 – IBM announces the System/360.
1969 – The Internet's symbolic birth date: publication of RFC 1.
1978 – Development of the neutron bomb is canceled by President Jimmy Carter.
1983 – During STS-6, astronauts Story Musgrave and Don Peterson perform the first space shuttle spacewalk.
1992 – Republika Srpska announces its independence.
1994 – Rwandan Genocide: Massacres of Tutsis begin in Kigali, Rwanda.
1999 – The World Trade Organization rules in favor of the United States in its long-running trade dispute with the European Union over bananas.
2001 – Mars Odyssey is launched.






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