World Health Day 2014

The theme for 2014 is vector-borne diseases.

Vectors are small organisms such as mosquitoes, bugs, ticks and freshwater snails, which can carry disease from person to person and place to place. They can put our health at risk, at home and when we travel.

The broad objectives of the World Health Day 2014 are to raise awareness about the threats posed by vectors and vector-borne diseases and to stimulate families and communities to take action to protect themselves.

More broadly, the campaign aims for the following:

  • families living in areas where diseases are transmitted by vectors know how to protect themselves;
  • travelers know how to protect themselves from vectors and vector-borne diseases when travelling to countries where these pose a health threat;
  • in countries where vector-borne diseases are a public health problem, ministries of health put in place measures to improve the protection of their populations; and
  • in countries where vector-borne diseases are an emerging threat, health authorities work with environmental and relevant authorities locally and in neighbouring countries to improve integrated surveillance of vectors and to take measures to prevent their proliferation.

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Directorate of National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) is the central nodal agency for the prevention and control of vector borne diseases i.e. malaria, dengue, lymphatic filariasis, kala-azar, Japanese encephalitis and chikungunya in India. For more information, please visit: