World Health Day - control your blood pressure
World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April to mark the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948. Each year a theme is selected for World Health Day that highlights a priority area of public health concern in the world.
The theme for 2013 is high blood pressure.
High blood pressure increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. However, hypertension is treatable and preventable.
Regional Director's Message for World Health Day 2013
Regional Director's Audio Message for WHD 2013
Raised blood pressure
36%adults aged 25 and above had high blood pressure in 2008 in the RegionGlobal and regional overview
Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)
7.9 millionpeople die of noncommunicable diseases every year in the RegionHigh blood pressure - Did you know?
Public health priority
1.5 milliondeaths every year due to complications of high blood pressure in the RegionA public health priority