7th April is Being Observed as World Health Day [ Current Affairs ]

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7th April is being observed as World Health Day (WHD) every year to broadcast knowledge and awareness about human health. The main aim behind this observation is to increasing life expectation by adding good health to the lives of people and promoting healthier living habits across the globe.

“Beat Diabetes” is the theme of 2016.

Image of world health day

Image of world health day

this is image of world health day which is being observed on April 7

Background:

  • The annual World Health Day is observed by World Health Organization (WHO) in order to celebrate Organization’s founding in 1948 on this day in the first World Health Assembly.
  • And from that time the World Health Assembly has decided to celebrate 7th April as World Health Day annually from 1950.
  • WHO marked eight official global public health campaigns and this is one of them, others are:
  1. World Tuberculosis Day
  2. World Malaria Day
  3. World No Tobacco Day
  4. World Immunization Week
  5. World Hepatitis Day
  6. World AIDS Day
  7. World Blood Donor Day

What is Diabetes?

  • Diabetes is a chronic, progressive non-communicable disease (NCD) considered by raised levels of blood sugar.
  • Reason behind Diabetes:
  1. The pancreas does not produce enough of the insulin hormone, which regulates blood sugar
  2. The body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces.
  • The ratio of number of people having diabetes has almost multiplied since 1980 to 422 million adults over 35 years of age with most living in developing countries, according to the report of WHO.
  • Factors driving this melodramatic rise include overheavy and obesity.
  • And now it will affects nearly one in every eleven people around the world.

Measures to reduce diabetes risk factors

  • Growing health-promoting surroundings like physical laziness and unhealthy diets and consolidation national capacities to help people with diabetes receive the treatment and care.

Global commitments to reduce diabetes

  • Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) has set target of 3.4 calls for reducing thoughtless death from NCDs along with diabetes by 30 % by 2030.
  • Governments have also dedicated to accomplishing 4 time-bound national promises to set out in the 2014 UN General Assembly “Outcome Document on No communicable Diseases”.
  • They are also reaching the 9 global targets of WHO laid out in the “Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs” which comprise halting the rise in diabetes and corpulence

- Published on: April 7, 2016