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World Health Day

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Every year on the 7th of April, the World Health Organization (WHO) promotes physical, mental and emotional well-being all over the world.1

2021 World Health Day Theme

The World Health Organization highlights a theme every year for this day that is current in the wellness and medical world. The theme is highlighted in schools, seminars, workshops and discussion forums.1 This year, the new theme is ‘building a fairer, healthier world.’2 The WHO chose this slogan because some people have access to better health services than others. They would like to ensure that everyone has living and working conditions that are favorable to good health.2

How to Participate

If you would like to get involved in World Health Day, there are a few ways that you can participate:

  1. Organize a conversation in your community: The World Health Organization offers free informational toolkits for organizers.1 Discover more here: World Health Day 2021 (

  2. Learn about past year’s themes: By reviewing past themes, you may find and learn something relevant.1 Some past themes include:3

  3. 2020: Support Nurses and Midwives

  4. 2019: Universal Health Coverage: everyone, everywhere

  5. 2017: Depression: Let’s talk

  6. 2016: Halt the rise: beat diabetes

  7. 2015: Food Safety

  8. Volunteer at your local charities and organizations.1

  9. Give thanks to medical workers.4

  10. Share important health topics on social media.4

Call to Action

According to the World Health Organization’s website, they are calling on leaders to monitor health inequities and ensure that all people have access to quality health services. They want leaders to:

  1. Work together: The WHO believes that when governments and communities work together, we can address the root causes of health inequities.2

  2. Collect reliable data: Through collecting timely health data that is broken down by gender, age, income, education and other characteristics, it is possible to see health inequities.2

  3. Tackle inequities2

  4. Act beyond borders: To strengthen national and international mechanisms as well as build community trust.2

Global Health by the Numbers

You can act against these statistics by spreading awareness about global health issues:4

  1. Roughly 5 million people die every year due to low-quality health care.4

  2. A child dies from malaria every two minutes.4

  3. 100 million people around the world survive on $1.90 or less per day.4

  4. 10.2 million people in America suffer from mental health and addiction disorders.1


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