World Health Day – Why Do We Celebrate This Day?

World Health Day

Every year on the 7th of April, the world celebrates World Health Day, just like several other days about which most of the world has no information. However, anyone out there has been a part of this day in some way, either through their educational institutions or workplaces.

But how many people know why we celebrate this day or even how this day is actually celebrated? Unfortunately, it is safe to conclude that not many are aware, except those directly associated with non-profit organizations and the lucrative health and wellness industry.

If you have no clue about this day and why we celebrate it, keep reading to learn everything you need to know about World Health Day.

About World Health Day: Why Do We Celebrate This Day?

The World Health Organization organized its first World Health Assembly in 1948. During the first session, it was decided that 7th April would be celebrated as World Health Day every year, and the decision was put into effect from 1950 onwards. The day’s purpose? Health awareness for the world.

The World Health Organization views the day as a day for drawing the world’s attention to some health issues of global importance. For instance, WHO chose mental health as the topic for 2017 with the theme, ‘Depression: Let’s Talk.’ Similarly, the organization opted for supporting midwives and nurses for their 2021 theme.

Interestingly, WHO runs ten other health campaigns globally in an official capacity. Apart from World Health Day, the other official health campaigns sponsored by WHO are as follows,

  • World Tuberculosis Day – 24th March
  • World Immunization Week – April (last week)
  • World Malaria Day – 25th April
  • World No Tobacco Day – 31st May
  • World AIDS Day – 1st December
  • World Blood Donor Day – 14th June
  • World Chagas Disease Day – 14th April
  • World Patient Safety Day – 17th September
  • World Antimicrobial Awareness Week – 18th to 24th November
  • World Hepatitis Day – 28th July

World Health Day: Popular Themes Over the Years

World Health Day
World Health Day

While several years witnessed some great themes on World Health Day, there were also years when the themes turned out to be quite disappointing. So, if you don’t know which themes we are talking about, keep reading to find out.

Depression: Lets’ Talk – 201

Mental Health has been a primary concern amongst people of all ages. For the first time, people want to talk about their mental health, go to therapy, make all the necessary changes. Depression is one of the most common mental health issues faced by every next person. But there’s so much stigma associated with the issue.

WHO’s choice of Depression as the theme for World Health Day in 2017 was a great move towards normalizing depression and other mental health issues. If not treated right, depression can cause self-harming and suicidal tendencies in victims. Thus, WHO did an impactful thing by choosing depression as a theme!

Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere – 2018 And 2019

WHO perhaps believed in their 2018 theme so much that they repeated the same theme the following year. The movie, however, was only one – to make healthcare a fundamental right of people. Simply put, WHO’s point was to make healthcare accessible to all. They even came up with a slogan that said, ‘Health for All.’

Things were taken a notch higher in 2019 when WHO announced their slogan for World Health Day, ‘Universal Health Coverage is WHO’s number one goal.’ WHO held several events throughout the day, which included,

  • Starting a petition signing movement in support of their movement
  • Organized a live event on Facebook
  • Held a panel discussion on healthcare

Support Nurses and Midwives – 2020

2020 was the year that brought WHO on a global hotspot with all eyes watching the organization’s every move. The global pandemic was looming over their heads, and announcing a theme insensitive to the context could ruin the organization’s reputation forever. Subsequently, WHO came up with a great theme that thanked nurses and midwives everywhere.

World Health Day celebrated nurses, midwives, and all the healthcare frontline warriors worldwide. So naturally, the celebration was virtual in 2020 owing to the Covid-19. But that didn’t stop the organization from using social media platforms and press conferences for holding fundraisers for battling the pandemic.


World Health Day is of much more significance than we probably even comprehend most years. Of course, there might not be any specific event of global importance or historical significance behind the day, but that should be no reason to stay ignorant about the same – even if you disagree with WHO on the theme every year!

If you care about the world a little more, then you can even sign up for volunteering. WHO has several volunteer programs for people interested in health care. There’s so much to learn, and at the end of the day, you are working for a better world where healthcare is accessible for all. So, what are you waiting for? Volunteer today!

Author bio:

Olivia Smith is a passionate blogger. She loves to share her thoughts, ideas, and experiences with the world through blogging. Olivia Smith is associated with, Gossipment, TheParentsmagazine, ThePetsMagazine,  EssayWritingGuides & TheSportsMag.

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