World Health Day

World Health Day - Monday, April 7, 2025

Health Awareness

Every April 7, the World Health Organization chooses to highlight a special theme current in the wellness and medical world. Ranging from mental health to insurance and everything in between, this day sets the tone for what’s to come in the world stage. This year’s World Health Day will shine a light on nurses and midwives, the on-the-call, restless workforce that revolutionized the healthcare industry as we know it today.

World Health Day is celebrated every year on the founding day of the World Health Organization.  Established in 1950 this event has a theme each year to draw attention to a current world health issue.  The WHO puts together regional, local, and international events on this day related to that theme.  Local governments also tend to jump on this band-wagon, after all, global health means everyone!   On this day you may take some extra steps to care for your health, consider getting a gym membership (and going!), starting a diet, or starting multi-vitamins!

Even better, get involved with the local events or organize one yourself!  Spreading the news of health and threats to the same can be an excellent way to celebrate this holiday, and inform others of the important issue of global health.  Themes throughout the years have varied, but always covered important issues of the day, covering everything from the Global Polio Eradication, staying active while aging, even road safety.  All of these issues were deemed to be important enough to global health that they merited an occasion of their very own on this date.

The World Health Organization is an agency of the United Nations that focuses on the public health of the world at large.  The WHO has a constitution that countries involved in the United Nations had an opportunity to sign, and unanimously did, agreeing to the tenets laid out within to promote the general health of the globe.  Through its efforts we have seen the eradication of small pox, and its focus then turned to communicable diseases, with a particular focus on tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.

Everyone needs to be concerned about the health of themselves and their community, and as such it’s a good time to turn your attention to this year’s theme.  By checking in at their website at you can find out what the current theme is, and find all sorts of plans and activities that will help you raise awareness about this important issue.  You can keep up with it every year, and play a big part in helping to promote global health all around.

The World Health Organization has been involved in mobilizing many health efforts the world over. Describing what medicines are essential for public health, and which diseases to give a particular focus to.  The movement to eradicate smallpox started in 1958, initiated by pressure from Viktor Zhdanov, the Deputy Minister of Health for the then USSR.  In 1979, the WHO declared that smallpox had in fact been eradicated, making it the first disease in history to be eliminated by the dedicated efforts of humans.

As you can see, celebrating World Health Day is very important, and you can use it to organize fund-raisers to support local free clinics and other public health sources.  Everyone can take a hand in improving the overall health of the world, just by starting with yourself, your family, and your community.  Blood banks are often taking volunteers to help out with their efforts, and the ability to have healthy, fresh blood on hand is central to saving many lives.

You can also take the task at home, by getting to know your environment and property, and eliminate all possible sources of standing water.  Standing water is a breeding ground for insects such as mosquitos, who spread disease by consuming the blood of its hosts, and moving from victim to victim, spreading it as it goes.  So this year, take some time to spread the word about how you and your neighbors can improve the world’s health, on World Health Day!

History of World Health Day

To talk about World Health Day, we need to talk about the creation of the World Health Organization as a whole. In December 1945, officials of Brazil and China proposed the creation of an international health organization, that is all-encompassing and absolutely independent from any government powers.

Half a year later, in New York, in July 1946, the constitution of the World Health Organization was approved. Said constitution entered into force on April 7, 1948, as 61 countries signed in agreement for the inception of the NGO.

As one of the first official acts of WHO, they created the celebration of World Health Day. It was first observed on July 22, 1949, but the date was later changed to April 7, the establishment of WHO, to encourage student participation.

Since 1950, the Worth Health Day uses a different theme and theme each year selected by the current WHO Director-General, based on the suggestions of the member governments and staff.
World Health Day provides a global opportunity to focus attention on important public health issues that affect the international community. On the occasion of World Health Day, promotional programs are launched that continue for a long time after April 7.

World Health Day 2020 will shine a light on the vital role played by nurses and midwives in providing health care around the world, where advocacy events will be held around the world, including the launch of the first-ever State of the World’s Nursing Report, which will provide planning to optimize the contributions of the nursery workforce, with a similar report on the Midwifery workforce to be done in 2021.

World Health Day timeline

April 7th, 1998

50 Rounds

On the 50th anniversary of WHO, World Health Day tackles the topic of safe motherhood.

April 7, 1950

It’s Official

The first World Health Day is celebrated.


Setting the Date

April 7 is designated as World Health Day in the First Health Assembly to celebrate the creation of WHO.


An organization is born

At the United Nations Conference in San Francisco, a motion to create a new and independent organization dedicated to discuss health topics was passed.

World Health Day FAQs

What were the past themes for World Health Day?

There are a variety of themes that were highlighted in World Health Day, from direct illness discussions like diabetes and polio, to bigger topics, like road safety and the effect of climate change on our health. Nothing is off limits in the pursuit of health.

What can I do to help on World Health Day?

Volunteer at your local charities and organizations. You can also become a blood or bone marrow donor. But overall, take measures to stay healthy and be courteous to your medical staff.

What is the best way to make sure I don’t get sick?

Listen to your body: make sure you’re getting enough physical activity, sleep and eating healthy. And if you’re ever in doubt, always make sure to consult a professional and make wellness checks part of your routine.

5 NurseFacts

  1. Go back ages

    The first confirmed record of the existence of nurses dates back to 300 AD in the Roman Empire.

  2. They are made for walking

    On average, nurses walk four to five miles in a regular 12-hour shift.

  3. A large share

    Nursing students represent about half of all health field students in a higher education level.

  4. A flexible job

    Being a profession with universally recognized practices means that a registered nurse can work anywhere in the world.

  5. A variety of positions

    Not all nurses work in hospitals — there’s a plethora of other jobs available, from forensics to educators and much more in between.

How to Observe World Health Day

  1. Organize a conversation in your community

    WHO offers free information toolkits for organizers. Take the challenge and lead a conversation in your community about a current healthcare issue.

  2. Read up on past year's themes

    With over 50 years of health days in the archives, it can be an interesting exercise to look at how far — or not — we have come in healthcare. You might learn something interesting and relevant even from older information.

  3. Thank your nurses!

    This year’s World Health Day is focused on them, so make sure to thank them! Flowers, tweets or any nice gesture will go a long way for sure!

Why World Health Day is Important

  1. Why World Health Day is Important

    World Health Day inspires action on a global scale World Health Day is one of WHO's eight official global health campaigns. The day sparks awareness activities and media reports.

  2. It's a chance to learn something new

    By choosing a different theme each year, World Health Day ensures that we are always learning! WHO picks each year's subject based on a current pressing health issue and dedicates the week to conferences and activities about the topic.

  3. It brings us together

    World Health Day can also be an important day to reflect on your own health. Conversation can help reduce stigma associated with illness and lead to more people seeking support and treatment.

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