History of WHO
In 1945, diplomats met to form the United Nations. One of the topics they discussed during this meeting was the need to set up a up a global health organization. After a few years, the World Health Organization was officially created and their constitution was signed on April 7, 1948. WHO is now known as the United Nations agency that connects nations, partners and people to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable so everyone, everywhere can attain the highest level of health. April 7th is now recognized as World Health Day and serves as a way to raise awareness on health issues that affect people all over the world.
World Health Day 2022
This year, the theme of World Health Day is “Our Planet, Our Health.” The goal of this year’s theme is to focus global attention on the interconnectedness between planet Earth and our health.
It is estimated that more than 13 million deaths around the world each year are due to avoidable environmental causes. Many of these causes are direct effects of the climate crisis, which is the single biggest health threat facing humanity. The climate crisis is also a health crisis. As stated by WHO, “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.”
To learn more about World Health Day as well the steps to creating sustainable well-being societies and what you as an individual can do to help, click here!