World Health Day

World Health Day is celebrated worldwide on 7th of April. It is celebrated globally every year on the founding day of the World Health Organization. Initiated in 1950 this event has a particular theme each year to draw attention to an ongoing world health issue. Varieties of events and activities related to the theme are organized on the international and national level by the WHO.


Various government, non-government, NGOs including various health organizations celebrate World Health Day at many places worldwide by organizing programmes pertaining to the public health issues and awareness. Participant organizations show up their activities and supports via the media reports by means of news, press releases and etc. Health authorities from different countries take part in the commemoration with their pledges to support on the health issues worldwide.home_southeast_asia

A range of different activities are done in the conference of health workers to hearten people to maintain their health in the presence of media coverage. Essay writing, art exhibitions, debates on the related topics, competitions and award ceremony are being held to fulfill the aim of world health day.


World Health Day celebration aims at increasing the life expectancy by adding up good health to the lives of people and encouraging healthier lifestyle. Youths of the new era are also a focus of this event to prevent and make them healthy to make the world healthy and free from deadly diseases like AIDS.

Disease spreading vectors such as mosquitoes, sand flies, ticks, bugs, snails and etc. are also accentuated by the WHO to make the humankind free from a wide range of diseases caused by parasites and pathogens. It provides enhanced prevention and cure from the vector-borne diseases spread by both vectors and travelers from country to country. WHO supports various health authorities on global basis to make their own efforts for the public health problems to enhance better life without any disease.


Every year there is a particular theme selected for World Health Day. This helps putting focus on any particular disease. This year World Health Day Theme is “Depression”.

Depression 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 and the ability to earn a living. At worst, depression can lead to suicide, now the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year olds. Yet, depression can be prevented and treated. The options to tackle Depressions are Counseling & Medicine.

“Heart and Brain are closely related to each other and that is the reason the problems in brain directly have implications on heart. In this condition a Sympathetic Nervous System is activated in one’s body which increases the levels of Norepinephrine Hormone and this hormone is largely responsible for increase in the blood pressure. The chances of heart attacks increases with the increase in the duration a person remains in depression. Hearts beats become irregular in depression and it has also been observed that the chances of binding of platelets increase hence forming clots which is a major risk factor for heart attacks. Those patients who have no cardiac diseases but are suffering from depression may sooner or later become heart patients.

According to WHO currently 35 crore people are suffering from depression. According to the research of Professor Carls Hazladvin, Munich University, Germany, like obesity and high cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease, depression also has the same weight-age as risk factor”, says Padma Vibhushan and Dr. B C Roy National Awardee Dr. Purshotam Lal, Chairman – Metro Group of Hospital and Director –  Interventional Cardiology

“According to WHO 4.5% Indians are suffering from depression. It is the leading cause of disability, even more than cardiovascular disorders. Suicide is a major risk. We can save lives. Let’s Talk”, says Dr. Avani Tiwai, Consultant – Psychiatry

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