April 7, 2020 is World Health Day.
Since 1950 the WHO has used this day to mark its founding and to draw attention to global health each year. There is usually a mix of international and regional (local) events geared towards a predetermined theme for the day. World Health Day is acknowledged worldwide by governments and non-governmental organizations with the focus on public health issues.
The need for a World Health Day was deliberated upon in 1948 at the First Health Assembly. The initiative has since inspired substantial growth in key areas of the healthcare system.
World Health Day Theme 2020
The theme for this year is: Support Nurses and Midwives. World Health Day 2020 celebrates nurses and midwives today for the critical role they play in making the world a safe place, most especially due to the complications of the COVID-19 crisis.Without the help of nurses there would have been virtually no response to COVID-19 or any other public health emergency. Click To Tweet
Nurses and other health workers are at the pole position of the coronavirus response. They provide treatment and care as well as lead community dialogue to address panic and questions, and collect data for clinical studies.
The World Health Assembly has declared the year 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.
Why Nurses and Midwives?
The widespread nature of the corona-virus outbreak pushed the healthcare system to the limits of its abilities. Without the help of nurses there would have been virtually no response to COVID-19 or any other public health emergency.
This is why it is important to celebrate these integral players in the health workforce, and other health personnel. They are working extremely hard on a daily basis, not to mention risking their lives to make sure we fight this pandemic. It would be quite impossible to imagine what the situation would be like if it weren’t for these brave hearts.
So today, we give our respect and heart-felt thanks to these wonderful humans and the amazing work they do. We can also support them by observing all established precautionary measures and staying indoors as much as possible.