World Health Day 2020

April 7 2020 by Paolo Casula

World Health Day 2020

On April 7th, people worldwide will be recognising WORLD HEALTH DAY

So what is World Health Day and why does it matter? Let’s look at what you need to know:

What is World Health Days?

The first World Health Organization (WHO) international event took place in 1950.  Since then each annual event has shed light on a specific health theme such as depression, food safety, diabetes, Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

World Health Day 2020 Theme

2020 is the official International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, therefore it stands to reason that this year’s World Health Day theme should match.  Today the aim is so shine a light on all the work that Nurses and other health professionals provide daily, particularly in these times of COVID-19.  Every day, this nursing corps provides the highest quality treatment and care, they spearhead dialogue to answer fears and questions – in many instances they are on the front line, collecting data for clinical studies (think swabbing to identify positive Coronavirus patients). 

Quite simply, nurses form a critical building block in our society.

World Health Day will highlight the current status of nursing around the world.  More specifically WHO and its partners is making a series of recommendations to strengthen the nursing and midwifery workforce – they have also drawn up a list of secondary goals:

  • Encourage public appreciation for the nurses and midwives
  • Boost the profile of both nurses and midwives within the health care sector
  • Encourage support and extra investment for both nurses and midwives

You can get involved and show your support for World Health Day in many ways:

  • Clap your hands at your window every evening at 8pm your local time
  • Send a a letter to leaders to stress the importance of the nursing profession
  • Say ‘thank you’ to a nurse – it really does go a long way
  • Start a petition to support positive change

You can also help them by helping yourself

  • Be active – build exercise into your usual routine
  • Eat well – aim to eat a healthy, balanced diet
  • Wash your hands frequently, always with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Take care of your body. Take a deep breath, stretch out or meditate.
  • Have some time for relaxing. Try to combine things you have to do with activities you enjoy.

Let’s all ensure that the nursing and midwifery corporations are strong enough to ensure that everyone, everywhere gets the healthcare they need.

#SupportNursesAndMidwives #stayhome

World Health Day 2020 – https://www.who.int/news-room/events

World Health Organization – https://www.who.int/