Good health adds life to years! This is the theme of World Health Day 2012.

World Health Day

Health adds life to years

World Health Day on March 7th marks the foundation date of WHO, World’s Health Organisation, in 1948. It is a United Nations observance day, sponsored by the WHO, with a purpose of highlighting the work of WHO and reminding the public of various health-related areas of concern.

This year, the priority area of concern is ageing and health. WHO explains the theme in the following way: “Over the past century life expectancy has increased dramatically and the world will soon have more older people than children…This social transformation represents both challenges and opportunities. In particular, countries may only have a single generation to prepare their health and social systems for an ageing world.”

Other than simply educating the public about good health, every year the WHO provides a tool-kit for anyone wishing to plan events around World Health Day. Examples of World Health Day events include conferences, information displays, public marches and demonstrations. In some places, free access to medical tests may also take place on this day.

To take part in World Health Day, get your toolkit or find out about regional activities here.

To end, I wonder if Winston Churchill was celebrating World Health Day when he said, “Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.”


Other Significant Days in April:

International Earth Day

World Health Day

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