Health

Everything You Need To Know About World Health Day 2021

khushboo sharmakhushboo sharma  |  Mar 16, 2021
world health day 2021 date

The past year really brought out the gaps in our healthcare facilities and the gnawing divide between those who can easily avail them and those who cannot. While COVID-19 might have taught us so much about the transience of life, it has also thoroughly revealed its unfair side. Healthcare across the world is crumbling today. In fact, it was crumbling all this while and the pandemic just revealed its true state. This explains why the World Health Organisation has decided to raise the topic of a fairer, more equal world for World Health Day 2021. From World health day’s date to this year’s theme, here’s everything that you need to know about the day:

World Health Day Date

World Health Day is celebrated on April 7 every year. The day also commemorates the founding of the World Health Organisation which took place in 1948. 

World Health Day History

Celebrated under the Sponsorship of the World Health Organisation, the World Health Day commemorates the very first World Health Assembly organised by the organisation in 1948. Thus, world health day’s history goes back to WHO’s history with being intrinsically connected. Each year, the World Health Day theme varies so as to bring attention to a new issue pertaining to healthcare. Here are some of the themes that have been observed as a part of World Health Day over the years: 

2000: Safe Blood starts with me

2001: Mental Health: stop exclusion, dare to care

2002: Move for health

2003: Shape the future of life: healthy environments for children

2004: Road safety

2005: Make every mother and child count

2006: Working together for health

2007: International health security

2008: Protecting health from the adverse effects of climate change

2009: Save lives, Make hospitals safe in emergencies

2010: Urbanization and health: make cities healthier

2011: Antimicrobial resistance: no action today, no cure tomorrow

2012: Good health adds life to years

2013: Healthy heartbeat, Healthy blood pressure

2014: Vector-borne diseases: small bite, big threat

2015: Food safety

2016: Halt the rise: beat diabetes

2017: Depression: Let’s talk

2018: Universal Health Coverage: everyone, everywhere

2019: Universal Health Coverage: everyone, everywhere

2020: Support Nurses and Midwives

World Health Day Significance

world health day significance

WHO

World Health Day is observed to throw attention to issues related to both mental and physical health. Each year, the day is used to bring to light a pressing aspect of health and healthcare worldwide. World Health Day is observed by the government and non-government health bodies across the world with the sole aim of promoting healthy living habits. World health day’s significance lies in the fact that over the years it has played an instrumental role in pointing out healthcare gaps and initiating conversations to bridge them. Currently, the day stands all the more crucial given the coronavirus health crisis that has been staring us in the face for over a year now. Right now as new strains of COVID-19 come to light, they possess a huge challenge to our healthcare experts and scientists. Hence, it is important to understand the importance of preventive measures. The need also is to understand that currently vaccination is the only answer to the pandemic and thus, we need to reach out to as many people and convince them to go for it. 

World Health Day 2021 Theme

world health day theme 2021

WHO

We live in an unequal world. As the COVID-19 pandemic has already highlighted, this world caters to its citizens differently. Thus, while some of us have the access to the best healthcare facilities and services, others struggle to get even the most basic healthcare necessities. However, WHO believes that not only is this unnecessary but also preventable. Thus, comes the world health day 2021 theme which is “Building a fairer, healthier world.” 

This year, WHO has urged countries and leaders to step up and ensure equality when it comes to healthcare. “We are calling on leaders to ensure that everyone has living and working conditions that are conducive to good health.  At the same time we urge leaders to monitor health inequities and to ensure that all people are able to access quality health services when and where they need them,” reads the official website. 

COVID-19, of course, has had a more harrowing impact on underprivileged communities with little to no access to healthcare. Through World Health Day 2021, WHO thus seems to bridge this gap. 

World Health Day Wishes: These healthcare professionals are the real heroes shielding us from the threatening pandemic. To mark this day and to recognise the efforts of all those who have taken it upon their shoulders to fight this pandemic, we have compiled a list of quotes, slogans, and messages.

Secrets To A Healthy Lifestyle: Confused about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle? Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is far easier than you think. And to give you a sense of direction, our POPxo team reveals their own personal tips.

Lower Body Exercises For Strong Glutes: The pandemic really did turn all of us into couch potatoes, didn’t it? Well, it is time to take charge and work that body. Might we suggest starting with your lower body first? From working your hamstrings to your glutes, here are 15 lower body workouts that will help you with that much-needed burn!

Exercises for Back Pain: A viable program of back exercise ought to be thorough, working the entire body even as it focuses on the back. Exercise can be considered as some other wellbeing solution: A certified wellbeing expert will modify to personal expectations exercise on an assortment of factors like clinical diagnosis, the intensity of pain, requirement of one’s pain relief, etc. To know more, read this full article.

Resistance Band Exercises: Introduce resistance to your normal workout and watch results pour in faster! Wondering how and what to do? Check out these resistance band exercises you can easily do at home.

Featured Image: WHO