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World Health Day 2022 - Our planet, our health

 

Each year the global community celebrates World Health Day on April 7 to commemorate the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948. The WHO selects a specific theme to draw attention to prevailing critical health issues concerning people around the world. In light of the current pandemic, an increasing incidence of diseases and the polluted planet, this year's theme is "Our Planet, Our Health". 

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the fact that we all are inherently connected with the planet and consequently, our health and planetary health is linked as well.  It can’t be overemphasized that there is an urgent need to take actions to keep humans and planet healthy and foster societies that are focussed on well-being. At the same, it is important to understand that this can’t be accomplished only through initiatives from public health organizations but it would also require support from governments through implementation of required policy formulations. Furthermore, the success of these endeavours would be dependent on leadership of the nations and the extent to which they cooperate with each other.-

A brief event was organized at the AIPH University campus to celebrate this year’s world health day. Prof. Pradeep K. Panda, Dean, School of Public Health, delivered the welcome address and highlighted the fact that climate change, the biggest global health threat of 21st century, has given rise to health crisis. The WHO estimates that more than 13 million deaths globally each year are due to avoidable environmental causes. He also emphasized on the role of sharing knowledge and raising awareness on such issues in making a difference to human well-being and quality of life.  Padma Shri Prof. Aditya P. Dash, Vice Chancellor, reiterated the most pressing environmental public health threats, including climate change, and the significance of this year’s theme. A quiz competition for students to test their knowledge and put spotlight on the significance of "Our Planet, Our Health" was also held.  As part of social media campaigns, students were encouraged to write one line or post any picture on their social media handles like Facebook/ Instagram/ Twitter on the theme of the World Health Day and tag the AIPH University along with WHO. The occasion was observed to stress the crucial need to keep humans and planet healthy and it was a reminder that this goal can’t be achieved by health sector alone but would require whole-of-government and whole-of-society approaches.

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