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On April 7th 1948, a specialized agency of United Nation concerned with international public health was established in Geneva, Switzerland. Today this agency is widely known as the World Health Organization (WHO).  Since 1950, to mark its foundation day and to create global health awareness, every year April 7th is celebrated as the World Health Day under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO). On this day, events and activities are organized on international, national, regional as well as local levels to make the public aware of various global health issues. The theme for this year is: ‘Beat Diabetes....'

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The World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on 7 April, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO).

World Health Day
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Observed by All Member States of the World Health Organization
Date 7 April
Next time 7 April 2016
Frequency annual
In 1948, the WHO held the First World Health Assembly. The Assembly decided to celebrate 7 April of each year, with effect from 1950, as the World Health Day. The World Health Day is held to mark WHO's founding, and is seen as an opportunity by the organization to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health each year.[1] The WHO organizes international, regional and local events on the Day related to a particular theme. World Health Day is acknowledged by various governments and non-governmental organizations with interests in public health issues, who also organize activities and highlight their support in media reports, such as the Global Health Council.[2]