07 April 2020
World Health Day
Today - April 7th - is World Health Day (WHD). This is a special day established by the World Health Organization in 1948 to create awareness around specific priorities of the WHO’s global health agenda.
This year, in the International Year of Nurses and Midwives, WHD celebrates “the contribution of nurses and midwives, recognizing their vital role in keeping the world healthy. Nurses and other health workers are at the frontlines of COVID-19 response, putting their own health at risk to protect the broader community”.
It is not easy to celebrate WHD in this particular moment -an historic moment during which the global health system is facing one of its most difficult challenges; a moment in which the whole population is dealing with a “new form” of pain and uncertainty. But maybe, due to this emergency, World Health Day has a deeper meaning: it is an occasion to celebrate and sustain all the health care professionals who are on the front line of trying to contain the emergency, in every part of the world. Celebrating their commitment, and the value of their jobs, is fundamental.
Therefore, as always, we take part in the WHO campaign, and, on this occasion, a special thought goes out to all the health care professionals working within our projects and who, today, are committed to tackling a bigger challenge.