World Health Day

Aim and objectives of World Health Day 2005

The aim of World Health Day 2005 is to create momentum that compels governments, the international community, civil society and individuals to take action to improve the health and well-being of mothers and children – and especially to help save the lives of millions of mothers and children who are dying each year during childbirth and early childhood.

The main objectives of World Health Day 2005 are to:

  • Raise awareness of the extent of illness, suffering and death among mothers and children, and its impact on health as well as social and economic development.
  • Increase understanding that solutions exist. Affordable and effective means are known that can prevent death and suffering. The challenge is to deliver a key set of preventive and curative interventions to the mothers and children who need them – to translate knowledge into action.
  • Generate a movement that stimulates collective responsibility and action. Families, community-based groups, professional societies, national governments, and the international community all need to support the delivery of programmes and services to mothers and children, as well as fight for better access to basic health services. Every individual within society has a role to play.

World Health Day 2005 – and the days, months and years that follow it – is expected to generate enthusiasm, solidarity, support, and – most of all – action that aims to improve the survival, health and well-being of all mothers and children.