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World Health Day

What is World Health Day?

April 7 of each year marks the celebration of World Health Day. From its inception at the First Health Assembly in 1948 and since taking effect in 1950, the celebration has aimed to create awareness of a specific health theme to highlight a priority area of concern for the World Health Organization.

Over the past 50 years this has brought to light important health issues such as mental health, maternal and child care, and climate change. The celebration is marked by activities which extend beyond the day itself and serves as an opportunity to focus worldwide attention on these important aspects of global health.

World Health Day - 7 April 2011

Antimicrobial resistance: no action today, no cure tomorrow

Is the world in danger of heading back to the days before antibiotics were developed? That is the question being asked as WHO prepares to mark World Health Day, on 7 April, with a warning about the growing threat from antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Many infectious diseases risk becoming uncontrollable, and this could derail the progress made towards reaching the targets of the health-related Millenium Development Goals set for 2015, WHO said.

"No action today, no cure tomorrow" is the rallying call of World Health Day 2011, when WHO will introduce a six-point policy package designed to combat the spread of antimicrobial resistance.

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