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World Health Day 2018

During the first World Health Assembly in 1948, the World Health Organization established April 7th of each year as International Health Day. This year, World Health Day 2018 will feature a special focus on Universal Health Coverage. The goal is to raise awareness about the state of international health and encourage better access for all. Today, half of the world’s population does not have access to basic health care. To counter this, many NGOs are dedicated to improving health around the globe.

World Health Day 2018 Interesting Facts

Access to healthcare is one of the basic needs of all human beings. While the world has been making strides towards better health services much still needs to be done. For example, health costs push nearly 100 million people into poverty each year. At the same time, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are among the leading causes of death in developing countries. This means that people are dying from often preventable and treatable illnesses. Think of diseases such as diabetes, cancer, chronic lung disease, and cardiovascular issues. However, their lack of access to proper health services means that these diseases are not detected or treated in a timely manner. That’s why the theme of International Health Day 2018 is so important. Especially Universal health coverage could allow every person to get quality health services, and not force them to choose between their health or the health of their families, and basic human necessities such as food and shelter.

More Global Health Days

Health encompasses many aspects of our lives. That’s why the WHO and partners commemorate the most important health issues on different days throughout the year. Below are some important dates for the global health agenda:

1. World Tuberculosis Day

Held on March 24 each year, World Tuberculosis (TB) Day focuses on raising awareness around TB. This disease is especially relevant because it is one of the top 10 causes of death around the world. In 2016 alone, it killed 1.7 million people and 10.4 million contracted TB. World Tuberculosis Day’s theme this year is “Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free World”. Engaging leaders at all levels is the main objective in the fight against the global TB epidemic. Everybody should be involved, from grassroots NGOs and local doctors but also Heads of State.

2. World Immunization Week

This year’s World Immunization Week will be held from April 24th to April 30th, Today, over 19 million children around the world are not vaccinated or under-vaccinated. This means they are facing serious health risks and can affect herd immunity on a grander scale. The goal of this week is to bring awareness and promote proper immunization for everyone.

3. World Malaria Day

Celebrated on April 25th each year, World Malaria Day 2018 will carry on the theme “Ready to Beat Malaria.” In 2016, this parasitic infection caused 445,000 deaths, while 216 million cases were registered. Therefore the goal of World Malaria Day is to highlight the global community’s commitment to a malaria-free world.

4. World No Tobacco Day

Each year on May 31st, the WHO and World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) advocate for a reduction in tobacco consumption. Tobacco is linked to many health risks. Therefore the theme for 2018 will be “Tobacco and Heart Disease”. This will highlight how tobacco can negatively impact cardiovascular health and prevention steps.

5. World Blood Donor Day

A true celebration takes place on June 14th every year celebrating World Blood Donor Day. In 2018, the day will be dedicated to recognizing blood donation as a positive community action, thanking current donors, and also encouraging the act of solidarity to donate blood. The host for this year is the Hellenic National Blood Centre in Athens, Greece.

6. World Hepatitis Day

Hepatitis causes 1.34 million deaths every year. As a result, the global health community is striving towards its elimination. However, one of the big challenges is the fact nearly 300 million people live with viral hepatitis but are unaware of it. As such, the World Hepatitis Day 2018 theme is “Find the Missing Millions.” It will be hosted on July 28, 2018, focusing on raising awareness around undiagnosed hepatitis.

7. World Antibiotic Awareness Week

Scientists around the world have identified antibiotic resistance as a global threat to health and care. This year, the WHO and partners will hold the World Antibiotic Awareness Week on November 12-18 to encourage safer use of antibiotics and prevent their misuse. The week will include a number of interactive activities including the Antibiotics, Handle with Care Interactive Experience.

8. World AIDS Day

Each year on December 1st, the world has a chance to unite to fight against HIV/AIDS on World AIDS Day. One of the most recognized activities is the Red Ribbon Campaign. Consequently, this campaign helps fundraise for research, treatment, and anti-stigma around the virus. World AIDS Day was founded in 1988, and while much has been achieved since then in AIDS prevention and research, 36.7 million continue to live with the virus today.

Humanitarian Travel Tips that Manage Health Risks

At Raptim, we understand the severity of global health issues. Therefore we want to take our hats off to the professionals in humanitarian aid who are working to advance the global health agenda in their everyday work. As such, Raptim has put together a number of travel tips to manage health risks for humanitarian aid professionals. We recommend that prior to your travel you visit a travel clinic. In conclusion, you must ensure all of your vaccinations are up to date for the country of destination.

It is best to avoid injury in a disaster area by using safe transportation and being always aware of your surroundings. When traveling, it’s important to have first-aid supplies, a water filter and purification tablets, a bed-net where mosquito populations are prevalent, as well as protective clothing as needed. Last, but not least, while you care for others, also care for yourself. If you are injured or sick, make sure to seek medical help and see a doctor upon returning to your home country.


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