In this International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, World Health Day 2020 will shine a light on the vital role played by nurses and midwives in providing health care around the world, and call for a strengthening of the nursing and midwifery workforce.
On 7 April, “dawn to dusk” advocacy events will be held around the world to mark World Health Day. One of the main events will be the launch of the first-ever State of the World’s Nursing Report 2020.
WORLD HEALTH DAY 2020
World Health Day 2018 will be celebrated worldwide on the 7th of April, on Tuesday.
The report will provide a global picture of the nursing workforce and support evidence-based planning to optimize the contributions of this workforce to improve health and wellbeing for all.
The report will set the agenda for data collection, policy dialogue, research and advocacy, and investment in the health workforce for generations to come. A similar report on the Midwifery workforce will be launched in 2021
World Health Day
The World Health Day is celebrated by the people all across the world every year on the 7th of April under the leadership of WHO to draw the mass people attention towards the importance of global health.
World Health Assembly was held first time in the year 1948 in Geneva by the WHO where it was decided to celebrate the World Health Day annually on 7th of April.
It was first celebrated worldwide in the year 1950 as World Health Day. Varieties of events related to the particular theme are organized on the international and national level by the WHO.
It is an annual event being celebrated for years to raise the common public awareness towards health issues and concerns. A particular theme is chosen to run the celebration and take care of health for a whole year.
Global Polio Eradication was also one of the special themes of the year 1995 of world health day. From then, most of the countries have become free of this fatal disease whereas in other parts of the world its awareness level has increased.
World Health Day targets all the health issues on a global basis for which several programs are organized yearly by the WHO and other related health organizations at various places like schools, colleges, and other crowd places. It is celebrated to remember the establishment of the World Health Organization as well as draw the attention of people towards the major health issues in the world.
WHO is a vast health organization working under UN for addressing the health issues on a global basis. Since its establishment, it has addressed serious health issues including chickenpox, polio, smallpox, TB, leprosy and etc from various developing countries.
It has played a significant role aiming to make the world a healthy world. It has all the statistics about global health reports.
HOW WORLD HEALTH DAY IS CELEBRATED
World Health Day is celebrated worldwide by the government, non-government, NGOs including various health organizations at many places by organizing programmes relating to the public health issues and awareness.
Participated organizations highlight their activities and support through the media reports by means of press releases, news and etc. Health authorities from different country take part in the celebration with their pledges in order to support on the health issues worldwide.
Varieties of activities are done in the conference of health workers to encourage people to maintain their health in the presence of media coverage. Debates on the related topics, art exhibitions, essay writing, competitions and award ceremony are organized to fulfill the aim of world health day.
WHY WORLD HEALTH DAY IS CELEBRATED
World Health Day celebration focuses on increasing the life expectancy by adding good health to the lives of people and promoting healthier living habits. Youths of the new era are also targeted by this event to prevent and make them healthy to make the world healthy and free from AIDS and HIV.
Disease spreading vectors like mosquitoes (malaria, dengue fever, filaria, chikungunya, yellow fever and etc), ticks, bugs, sand flies, snails and etc are also spotlighted by the WHO to make the world free from a wide range of diseases caused by parasites and pathogens.
- World Health Day provides better prevention and cure of the vector-borne diseases spread by vectors and travellers from one country to other. WHO supports various health authorities on a global basis to make their own efforts for the public health problems to enhance a better life without any diseases.
Some of the objectives of why it is being celebrated yearly are listed below:
- To protect families living in the disease vulnerable areas.
- To teach travellers and send them a message about how to get protected from the vector-borne diseases while travelling.
- To increase the public awareness of various causes and prevention of high blood pressure.
- To provide detail knowledge of getting prevented from various diseases and their complications.
- To motivate the worldwide health authorities to make their own efforts in creating healthy environments in their country.
- To encourage the most vulnerable group of people to frequently check their blood pressure and follow medications from the professionals.
- To promote self-care among people.
WORLD HEALTH DAY THEMES, SLOGANS, AND HASHTAG
- World Health Day 2020 Theme is “Year of the Nurse and the Midwife 2020“.
- The slogan is “Support Nurses and Midwives”.
- The primary hashtag that we are using is #SupportNursesAndMidwives but look out for posts using #WorldHealthDay as well.
We aim to inspire, motivate and guide UHC stakeholders to make commitments towards UHC:
- Inspire—by highlighting policy-makers’ power to transform the health of their nation, framing the challenge as exciting and ambitious, and inviting them to be part of the change.
- Motivate—by sharing examples of how countries are already progressing towards UHC and encourage others to find their own path.
- Guide—by providing tools for structured policy dialogue on how to advance UHC domestically or supporting such efforts in other countries (e.g. expanding service coverage, improving quality of services, reducing out-of-pocket payments).
- Trigger a wave of public appreciation for the work of nurses and midwives and the part they play in delivering health care
- Raise the profile of nurses and midwives within the health workforce
- Catalyze support and investment in nurses and midwives
Call to action
- Nurses and midwives provide essential health services all throughout our lives. Show them your appreciation and thank them for what they do.
- Nurses and midwives often work in challenging circumstances: undervalued, under-resourced, overworked. Let’s remind our leaders to support them and make investments that enable them to work to their full potential.
- Talk to your local nurse and midwife about getting the information and support you need to take care of your own health and the health of your family.
- More investment in nurses and midwives is needed to make universal health coverage a reality; you can make it happen.
- Boost nursing and midwifery influence and leadership to improve health services
- This year, commit to gathering better health workforce data so we can target resources and make changes where they are needed most.
- Nurses and midwives are the cornerstones of strong, resilient health systems. Show them respect.
- Nurses and midwives are advocates and innovators in their communities, clinics, hospitals and in the health care system. Respect, value and support them
- Nurses and midwives, like other cadres of health workers, have the power to change people’s lives for the better through quality health advice and care.
A day in the life of a nurse/midwife
Want to know what it’s like to be a nurse or a midwife? We invite you to shadow a nurse or midwife in your community. Learn more about them, their life-saving work and become an advocate for them. Nurses and midwives are vital to our future, we need millions more.
Thank a nurse/midwife
Just imagine how powerful it would be if we all thanked nurses and midwives with a flower, card or social media post. Share your photos of/with your nurse or midwife on social media using the hashtag #SupportNursesAndMidwives. Make sure to personalize your message and explain why you are thankful
Tagline: Support Nurses and Midwives
World Health Day campaign materials will be made available starting mid- March 2020.
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