7 April 2011, 06:00 a.m. | World Health Day 2011

The World Health Day has been celebrated on the 7th of April since 1950. The date was chosen to celebrate the founding of the World Health Organisation (WHO), and over the years they have used the day to draw attention to important global health issues.

International Theme for 2011

The theme of the 2011 World Health Day is “Antimicrobial resistance: no action today, no cure tomorrow”. It focuses on a problem that is turning into a more dangerous and urgent issue.  “The trends are clear and ominous, according to the WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan. At a time of multiple calamities in the world, we cannot allow the loss of essential medicines – essential cures for many millions of people – to become the next global crisis.” 

Drug resistance is becoming more widespread and many infections are no longer easily cured, leading to prolonged and expensive treatment and greater risk of ...

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