World Health Day

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.
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Regional Director's Message for World Health Day 2013
Regional Director's Audio Message for WHD 2013

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Raised blood pressure

36%adults aged 25 and above had high blood pressure in 2008 in the Region

Global and regional overview
pdf, 80kb

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)

7.9 millionpeople die of noncommunicable diseases every year in the Region

High blood pressure - Did you know?
pdf, 79kb

Public health priority

1.5 milliondeaths every year due to complications of high blood pressure in the Region

A public health priority
pdf, 76kb

World Health Organization
Regional Office for South-East Asia
World Health House
Indraprastha Estate
Mahatma Gandhi Marg
New Delhi 110 002, India
Telephone: +91-11-23370804, 23370809-11