In the midst of a pandemic, a polluted planet, increasing diseases like cancer, asthma, heart disease, on World Health Day 2022, WHO will focus global attention on urgent actions needed to keep humans and the planet healthy and foster a movement to create societies focused on well-being.
WHO estimates that more than 13 million deaths around the world each year are due to avoidable environmental causes. This includes the climate crisis which is the single biggest health threat facing humanity. The climate crisis is also a health crisis.
Our political, social and commercial decisions are driving the climate and health crisis. Over 90% of people breathe unhealthy air resulting from burning of fossil fuels. A heating world is seeing mosquitos spread diseases farther and faster than ever before. Extreme weather events, land degradation and water scarcity are displacing people and affecting their health. Pollution and plastics are found at the bottom of our deepest oceans, the highest mountains, and have made their way into our food chain. Systems that produce highly processed, unhealthy foods and beverages are driving a wave of obesity, increasing cancer and heart disease while generating a third of global greenhouse gas emissions.
While the COVID-19 pandemic showed us the healing power of science, it also highlighted the inequities in our world. The pandemic has revealed weaknesses in all areas of society and underlined the urgency of creating sustainable well-being societies committed to achieving equitable health now and for future generations without breaching ecological limits. The present design of the economy leads to inequitable distribution of income, wealth and power, with too many people still living in poverty and instability. A well-being economy has human well-being, equity and ecological sustainability as its goals. These goals are translated into long-term investments, well-being budgets, social protection and legal and fiscal strategies. Breaking these cycles of destruction for the planet and human health requires legislative action, corporate reform and individuals to be supported and incentivized to make healthy choices.
Health encompasses not only bodily well-being but also mental and social well-being. If a person possesses all three, he or she is said to be healthy.
Health, according to the World Health Organization, is fundamental to human happiness and well-being. It also contributes significantly to economic advancement, since healthy people live longer and are more productive.
Many dreadful diseases afflict millions of individuals all over the world.
Every year, World Health Day is observed to promote awareness of people’s general health and well-being around the world.
WORLD HEALTH DAY 2022: DATE
World Health Day 2022 is celebrated every year on April 7 to recognize the widespread contributions of our medical faculty and the success of the World Health Organization.
WORLD HEALTH DAY 2022: THEME
The theme for World Health Day 2022 is ‘Our Planet, Our Health’.
This year’s theme aims to direct global attention toward the well-being of our planet and the humans living in it.
WORLD HEALTH DAY 2022: HISTORY
The World Health Organization (WHO) convened the first World Health Assembly in 1948, which called for the establishment of a “World Health Day.”
The first World Health Day was held on April 7, 1950, and it has been observed on that date every year thereafter.
The main goal of the day is to raise awareness about a certain health topic in order to highlight a World Health Organization priority area of concern.
WORLD HEALTH DAY 2022: SIGNIFICANCE
The World Health Organization has done its part to raise awareness about health and health-related concerns, as well as how to address them.
Every year, World Health Day focuses on contemporary health issues that require immediate attention, with varied themes.