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World Health Day: The Importance of Global Health

World Health Day: The Importance of Global Health


World Health Day began in 1948 when the World Health Organization (WHO) held their first World Health Assembly.

In 1950, the World Health Assembly officially declared the 7th of April as World Health Day. The 7th of April celebrates World Health Day and the founding of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Various governments and non-government organisations recognise World Health Day. Particularly those interested in public health issues who organise activities and highlight their support publicly.

World Health Organisation Flag
World Health Organization Flag (Source: Flickr)


Over the past 60 years, World Health Day has bought attention to health issues such as mental health, maternal and child care, and climate change.

The World Health Organisation organises international, regional, and local events on World Health Day. These events are aimed to focus worldwide attention on the issues of global health.

What is the World Health Day 2022 theme?

Each year World Health Day celebrates a different theme. The World Health Day 2022 theme is "our planet, our health".

"Are we able to reimagine a world where clean air, water and food are available to all?
Where economies are focused on health and well-being?
Where cities are liveable and people have control over their health and the health of the planet?"

For more information and how you can get involved, head on over to the WHD campaign page.

10 Healthy Habits for You and the Planet

  1. Walk or pedal to work at least one day a week.
  2. Choose public transport.
  3. Change to a renewable energy provider.
  4. Don’t heat your rooms over 21.5C
  5. Turn off the light when not in the room.
  6. Buy your fresh groceries from local producers.
  7. Avoid highly processed foods and beverages. 
  8. Stop consuming tobacco. 
  9. Buy less plastic
  10. Use recyclable grocery bags.

The World Health Day / Leydon Lettings Logo

Adapted for World Health Day, the Leydon Lettings logo symbolises a heart rate monitor display.

World Health Day Leydon Logo
World Health Day Leydon Lettings Logo (Source: Archive)

“Health is a human right; everyone should have the information and services they need to take care of their own health and the health of their families.”


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Cover photo: Doctor with patient (Source: Pixnio)

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