World health Day was created in 1948 by the First World Health Assembly to mark the founding of the World Health Organization. World Health Day takes place on 7 April annually and serves to raise awareness of key global public health challenges. World Health Day 2008 will mark the 60th anniversary of WHO.
World Health Day 2008: Protecting health from the adverse affects of climate change Edit
On World Health Day 2008, communities and organizations around the world will host activities to establish greater awareness and public understanding of health consequences of climate change, and to show the impact of the growing interdependency between these two areas on national and international decisions and policies.
"Just as health and wellbeing was seen as a defining aspect of peace and security, so too, the health and wellbeing of populations must become the defining measure of the impact of climate change and our efforts to address it effectively".
"Health professionals are on the front line in dealing with the impacts of climate change. The most vulnerable populations are those who live in countries where the health sector already struggles to prevent, detect, control and treat diseases and health conditions, including malaria, malnutrition and diarrhoea. Climate change will highlight and exacerbate these weaknesses by bringing new pressures on public health, with greater frequency".
“We need to put public health at the heart of the climate change agenda, This includes mobilizing governments and stakeholders to collaborate on strengthening surveillance and control of infectious diseases, safer use of diminishing water supplies, and health action in emergencies." Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General.
- World Health Organization, October 23 2007