World Health Day

Previous World Health Days


In 1948, the First World Health Assembly called for the creation of a "World Health Day". Since 1950, World Health Day has been celebrated on the 7th of April of each year. The objective of World Health Day is to raise global awareness of a specific health theme to highlight a priority area of concern for the World Health Organization (WHO). The Day serves as a launch for a long-term advocacy program for which activities will be undertaken and resources provided well beyond 7 April.

World Health Day 2018

Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere

In this 70th anniversary year, WHO is calling on world leaders to live up to the pledges they made when they agreed the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, and commit to concrete steps to advance #HealthForAll. This means ensuring that everyone, everywhere can access essential quality health services without facing financial hardship.

World Health Day 2017

Depression: Let's talk

Globally, around 350 million people of all ages, from all walks of life, suffer from depression. It causes mental anguish and impacts on people’s ability to carry out even the simplest everyday tasks, with sometimes devastating consequences for relationships with family and friends. At its worst, depression can lead to suicide, now the second leading cause of death in 15-29-year olds.

World Health Day 2016

Prevent. Treat. Beat diabetes

Over 90 million adults have diabetes in the South-East Asia region. Half of those with diabetes remain undiagnosed. The diabetes epidemic is rapidly increasing across the world, with the documented increase most dramatic in low- and middle-income countries. A large proportion of diabetes cases are preventable. Maintaining normal body weight, engaging in regular physical activity, and eating a healthy diet can reduce the risk of diabetes.

World Health Day 2015

Food safety

Unsafe food and water is linked to the deaths of over 2 million people annually – including 700 000 children in WHO's South-East Asia Region. Food safety is critical for public health as foodborne diseases affect people’s health and well-being and the need to strengthen food safety systems in and between all countries is becoming more and more evident.

World Health Day 2014

Vector-borne diseases

World Health Day 2014 spotlights diseases that are transmitted by small organisms (vectors) from person to person and place to place. Some of these diseases notably malaria, and dengue are of great public importance in South-East Asia Region.

World Health Day 2013

Blood pressure - take control

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. High blood pressure increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. However, hypertension is treatable and preventable.

World Health Day 2012

Good health adds life to years

Ageing is a natural and inevitable process. For the past century and more mankind has been adding years to life. More people now survive the challenges of childbirth and childhood and live longer through adulthood to reach old age.

World Health Day 2011

Use antibiotics rationally

On World Health Day 2011, WHO is urging intensified global commitment to safeguard antibiotics for preventing and controlling infectious diseases as well as for future generations. Growing resistance in microbes to antibiotics threatens the continued effectiveness of many medicines. WHO has therefore made antimicrobial resistance the theme of this year’s World Health Day.

World Health Day 2010

Urban Health Matters

Historically, the city has been an engine of economic growth, a centre of culture, and a generator of ideas. But while human potential is infinite, resources are finite. Urbanization creates problems, but healthy cities can solve them. A billion people now live in the world’s urban slums. The urban population of Asia is expected to double between 2000 and 2030. The health sector needs to take the lead in calling attention to the enormous implications of this growth in cities for the health of the people who live and work in them.

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