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    WHO Observation Days

    World Health DayThe World Health Organization (WHO) created a calendar of observance days/weeks with the aim of creating awareness and understanding about health issues and to mobilize support for action on an individual basis, or in organizations or broader society. The topics vary hugely and span numerous disease/illness areas that are addressed throughout a calendar year, whether they be Alzheimer’s Dementia or Zoonosis. The WHO decided to focus on the following nine topics:

    • March 24: World Tuberculosis Day
    • April 7: World Health Day
    • April 25: World Malaria Day
    • April 24-30: World Immunization Week
    • May 31: World No Tobacco Day
    • June 14: World Blood Donor Day
    • July 28: World Hepatitis Day
    • Nov 12-18: World Antibiotic Awareness Week
    • Dec 1: World AIDS Day 


    What you can do: Use the World Health Organization’s list of observance days as a guide in planning health-related activities and communication with your club.

    World Hepatitis Day

    Hepatitis will be the focus on July 28, with the aim of creating awareness around the devastating effects of hepatitis infections. Hepatitis is an infectious disease that is often overlooked in lieu of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis or malaria; it results in the death of over 1 million people per year and is the leading cause of liver cancer.  Vaccination against hepatitis is available, but not universally, with the outcome that people continue to spread the disease without knowing that they are infected. The elimination of hepatitis remains an important goal to health authorities. http://www.worldhepatitisday.org 

    Join in for better health!


    Fun to Know
    For a listing of all observance days instituted by the UN and its agencies, visit Global Observances 2019.






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