World Health Day 2009: Save lives. Make hospitals
safe in emergencies
World Health Day 2009 focuses on the
safety of health facilities and the readiness of health workers who treat people
affected by emergencies. Health centres and staff provide vital health care
in communities every day. In disasters, their services are in even greater demand:
treating injuries, preventing illnesses and caring for people’s urgent
A safe hospital that continues to function
at optimum capacity during and after a disaster or other emergency is a safe
haven that protects lives. Safe health facilities are a joint responsibility,
requiring crucial support from other sectors to ensure essential life-lines.
When health facilities stop functioning, it is a double blow to a devastated
World Health Day 2008: Protecting
health from the adverse effects of climate change
The World Health Day, on 7 April, marks
the founding of the World Health Organization and is an opportunity to draw
worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health each year.
In 2008, World Health Day focuses on the need to protect health from the adverse
effects of climate change.& establish links between climate change and health
and other development areas such as environment,food,energy,transport.
The theme "protecting health from
climate change" puts health at the centre of the global dialogue about
climate change. WHO selected this theme in recognition that climate change is
posing ever growing threats to global public health security.
Through increased collaboration, the
global community will be better prepared to cope with climate-related health
challenges worldwide. Examples of such collaborative actions are: strengthening
surveillance and control of infectious diseases, ensuring safer use of diminishing
water supplies, and coordinating health action in emergencies.
World Health day 2007: Invest
in health, build a safer future
Key messages for World Health Day 2007:
1. Threats to health know no borders.
2. Invest in health, build a safer future.
3. Health leads to security; insecurity leads to poor health.
4. Preparedness and quick response improve international health security.
5. The World Health Organization is making the world more secure