RP joins other
countries in observance of World Health Day on April 7
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The
country joins other nations of the world in the observance of World
Health Day of April 7, the day when the World Health Organization was
founded in 1948.
This year's World
Health Day activities will center on the theme “Urbanization and
Health” which was selected for World Health Day in recognition of the
effect urbanization has on the collective health globally and
In 2007, the world’s
population living in cities surpassed 50% for the first time in
history and this proportion is growing. By 2030, six out of ten people
will be city dwellers rising to seven out of every ten people by 2050.
The world is at a
clear turning point, moving towards an increasingly urbanized world
and with it, the need to embrace the consequences this can have for
health, both the benefits and the challenges. There is a need to
ensure that growing cities are healthy cities.
associated with many health challenges related to water, environment,
violence and injury, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and their risk
factors like tobacco use, unhealthy diets, physical inactivity,
harmful use of alcohol as well as the risks associated with disease
With the Department of
Health as the lead agency, the
will join in the 1000 cities 1000 lives campaign which encourages
cities and individuals to work across multiple agencies with a wide
range of partners to have the most lasting impact on health. The
global goal is for 1000 cities to participate in the World Health Day
The campaign calls
upon cities to close off portions of streets to motorized traffic and
open them up for health activities for one day during the week of
April 7 through Sunday, April 11.
Activities such as
town hall meetings with mayors, clean up-campaigns, and promoting
social solidarity by encouraging citizens to visit neighbors,
orphanages, patients in hospitals, and underprivileged communities to
extend a helping hand are also welcomed.
One of the overarching
goals for World Health Day is to integrate the Day within a sustained
public health strategy as demonstrated through a series of regular
activities, either at the street, neighborhood, local, national or
regional level. The Day should serve as a start or a symbol of a
sustained commitment to incorporate health more broadly in urban
The Day can trigger
the long-term commitment to approach health from a social determinants
point of view addressing the factors and conditions that can determine
health outcomes across multiple sectors, engaging a wide array of
partners including civil society and individual citizens.
through the Department of Health is committed to help in the
achievement of the objectives of the World Health Day, to draw
worldwide attention to the theme of urbanization and health; and to
engage governments, international organizations, business and civil
society in a shared effort to put health at the heart of urban policy.