World Health Day

Activities around the world

ALGERIA

Date: 7 April 2008
Title of event: Environment and Health
Description: The day's celebration will focus on infectious disease control, management of the crises, and environmental protection for future generations.
Organizer: Direction de la Sante et de la Population
City: Setif

AUSTRALIA

Date: 7 April 2008
Title of event: World Health Day Public Lecture
Description: A public lecture will be led by Dr. Grant Blashki.
Organizer: The McCaughey Centre: VicHealth Centre for the Promotion of Mental Health and Community Wellbeing, School of Population Health, University of Melbourne
City: Melbourne

BANGLADESH

Date: 7 April 2008
Title of event: Climate is Changing: Protect Dhaka city, Protect Health
Description: A seminar and poster display will be arranged with 250 medical graduates working at Dhaka National Medical College and Hospital and also 600 MBBS students, 200 nurses, paramedics and other staffs.
Organizer: Dhaka National Medical College
City: Dhaka

BELGIUM

Date: 7 April 2008
Title of event: World Health Day 2008: Protecting Health from Climate Change
Description: A one-hour policy briefing and a celebration of the occasion will take place.
Organizer: WHO/Europe and the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union
City: Brussels

BRAZIL

Date: 7 April 2008
Title of event: World Health Day 2008: Protecting Health from Climate Change
Description: Annual mobilization activities will be based on this year's theme. Like every year, employees and students of the hospital complex will participate in the activities. Events will be devoted to the local community. Medical tests, orientations and lectures will be offered about certain issues, such as trash recycling, respiratory diseases, and natural disasters.
Organizer: Hospital Pequeno Príncipe
City: Curitiba

COLOMBIA

Date: 7 April 2008
Title of event: Commemoration of World Health Day
Description: The event aims to raise awareness in the educational community of the Centro Educativo Rafael Uribe Uribe about the importance of the conservation of the environment. Its focus will include recycling, the proper use of water and the natural resources.
Organizer: Centro Educativo Rafael Uribe Uribe
City: Pereira

CÔTE D'IVOIRE

Date: 7 April 2008
Title of event: World Health Day 2008
Description: The day's events include a 1,000-people march, seminar, school health programme, local live TV phone-in programme, free hypertension diabetic screening in rural areas, and a quiz competition for students on health.
Organizer: Center for Public Health
City: Abidjan

FRANCE

Date: 5 April 2008
Title of event: Moringa, the Life Tree
Description: The day will focus around lectures, workshops, exchanges of practices, and expositions. The goal is to promote the production and the consumption of local products in a perspective of economical practicability, social equity and respect for the environment.
Organizer: Association Resiproc
City: Villeneuve d'Ascq

GERMANY

Date: 2 April 2008
Title of event: World Health Day 2008: Protecting Health from Climate Change
Description: Leading experts from the field of health care, medical research, ecology and economy will present results and perspectives at a one-day conference about the global changes and their influence on the health of the country.
Organizer: State Agency for Health and Nutrition Safety of Bavaria
City: München

Date: 3 April 2008
Title of event: Conference on World Health Day 2008 in Germany
Description: A national conference is being organized by the German Ministry of Health. Topics include effects of climate change on health, 60 years of international collaboration coordinated by WHO, and German aid programmes in developing countries. The slogan for the day in Germany is "Von Seuchenschutz bis vum Klimawandel-60 Jahre WHO."
Organizer: German Association for Prevention and Health Promotion
City: Berlin

GHANA

Date: 7 April 2008
Title of event: World Health Day 2008
Description: The day's events include a 1,000-people march, seminar, school health programme, local live TV phone-in programme, free hypertension diabetic screening in rural areas, and a quiz competition for students on health.
Organizer: Center for Public Health
City: Accra

HAITI

Date: 5 April 2008
Title of event: World Health Day 2008
Description: A medical forum will be hosted, which will feature a number of consultations and conferences on the theme. Also there will be free vaccinations and medical tests on site.
Organizer: Dynamed-Ayiti
City: Cap-Haitian

INDIA

Date: 6-8 April 2008
Title of event: Seminar for World Health Day
Description: A seminar for the students of the institute will take place. Also a health awareness campaign will be undertaken in the institute's catchment area.
Organizer: Chalmeda Anand Rao Institute of Medical Sciences
City: Karimnagar

Date: 7 April 2008
Title of event: World Health Day Celebration
Description: A seminar and presentation will take place celebrating the day's theme.
Organizer: North-Western Railway
City: Jaipur

Date: 5-7 April 2008
Title of event: Training of Trainers (Teacher Training Programme)
Description: On the occasion of World Health Day, a teachers training programme has been arranged for government primary school teachers of Belgaum city. Teachers will be given information regarding global warming and its effect on health.
Organizer: KLE VK Institute of Dental Sciences, Belgaum
City: Belgaum

Date:7 April 2008
Title of event: World Health Day Celebrations 2008
Description: An essay and quiz competition was held in February and March dealing with the World Health Day theme. A symposium will be held on 7 April, which is open to all the medical students of Patna Medical College.
Organizer: Patna Medical College
City: Patna

Date:7 April 2008
Title of event: Celebration of World Health Day 2008
Description: The celebration is planned to spread the word of World Health Day to the semi-urban and rural population at local health centres, as well as the OPDs of the Medical College.
Organizer: Mimer Medical College
City: Talegaon Dabhade

Date: 5-11 April 2008
Title of event: World Health Day
Description: The day's events will include an awareness class for Kudumbasree health volunteers on climate change and communicable diseases and a sensitization programme for paramedical staff on prevention of diseases due to climate change.
Organizer: Department of Community Medicine, Academy of Medical Sciences
City: Pariyaram, Kannur

Date: 24 March-10 April 2008
Title of event: World Health Day Seminar and Activities 2008
Description: The following activities are planned: a bumper sticker to be distributed to all vehicles in Thrissur and Ernakulam districts of Kerala, an essay competition on the theme for school and college students of the two districts, and a seminar on new and emerging diseases on World Health Day. There will also be a talk on All India Radio, a seminar on computer-related diseases and Computer Vision Syndrome and a variety entertainment programme on the theme by nursing students.
Organizer:Modern Hospital Charities
City: Thrissur

Date: 6-8 April 2008
Title of event: Environment and Health
Description: There will be a painting competition, seminar on health, and health walk to raise awareness among the public.
Organizer: Kranthi Child Relief Society
City: Visakhapatnam

Date: 7 April-15 May 2008
Title of event: Debate and awareness activities
Description: The Kasturba Medical College is organizing an inter-collegiate debate competition for undergraduate students from seven medical colleges in South Canara district. The topic for the debate is "Climate change is the result of human activities." There will also be a week-long celebration with awareness activities for the general public and school children, and health check-up camps.
Organizer: Kasturba Medical College
City: Mangalore

Date: 7-14 April 2008
Title of event: World Health Day 2008
Description: The day's events will include seminars and a quiz aimed at sensitization on the issue among health professionals in the government, tertiary care hospitals, private hospitals, schools, press, and government stakeholders.
Organizer: Steel Authority of India, RSP Architects Planners & Engineers Pvt. Ltd., and Indian Academy of Paediatrics
City: Rourkela, Orissa

Date: 7 April 2008
Title of event: World Health Day 2008
Description: A health talk will be organized in the Railway Hospital.
Organizer: Western Railways
City: Ahmedabad

Date: 7 April 2008
Title of event: World Health Day Seminar
Description: A seminar will be conducted for about 50 doctors who are members of the local branch of the Indian Medical Association.
Organizer: Indian Medical Association CQS
City: Curchorem

Date: 11 April 2008
Title of event: Kannur Medical College student symposium on World Health Day
Description: Throughout the day, there will be talks by students of the Kannur Medical College on four topics related to the theme.
Organizer: Kannur Medical College
City: Kannur

Date: 7 April 2008
Title of event: World Health Day 2008
Description: The day's events include a quiz programme for school children on climate and health. Also, there will be a lecture by a professor of environmental sciences on the same topic.
Organizer: B. R. Singh Hospital, Eastern Railway
City: Kolkata

Date: 7 April 2008
Title of event: Campaign on climate changes and its health implications
Description: The full-day programme focuses on doctors, students and health workers in the dental college. Doctors will be assigned undertaking to protect climate. Students will take part in a group discussion and plan to reduce personal/household carbon footprints. There will be a seminar for health workers on climate changes and its health implications, with a group declaration to reduce carbon footprints.
Organizer: Indira Gandhi Institute of Dental Sciences, Pudacherry
City: Pudacherry

Date: 1-8 April 2008
Title of event: Poster display and quiz competition for medical students
Description: Posters and fact sheets from the WHO web site will be translated into the local language by the faculty of the Department of Community Medicine. These posters will be displayed around the campus and in urban and rural areas. A quiz competition will also be organized.
Organizer:Dr. S. M. C. S. I. Medical College
City: Trivandrum

Date: 7 April 2008
Title of event: Seminar on intermittent rainfall and vector-borne diseases in Kerala
Description: The seminar focuses on the recent outbreak of Chikungunya and dengue fever, which were due to increased mosquito population in the state of Kerala. It is attributed to intermittent rainfall collecting in artificial containers.
Organizer: Sree Gokulam Medical College and Research Foundation
City: Trivandrum

Date: 1-7 April 2008
Title of event: World Health Day Celebration
Description: The day's events include a drawing and painting competition for medical, dental, physiotherapy and nursing students and staff; a public awareness campaign; and a documentary film on climate change.
Organizer: Sumandeep Vidyapeeth University
City: Vadodara, Gujarat

Date: 9 April 2008
Title of event: Symposium on "Protecting Health from Climate Change"
Description: A symposium by the residents in Community Medicine and Medicine and Pediatrics will be organized. This will be attended by all the medical and nursing students and staff of MGIMS.
Organizer: Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences
City: Wardha

INDONESIA

Date: 5-14 April 2008
Title of event: WHD 2008: Protecting Health from Climate Change
Description: Several activities have been arranged, including a seminar, campaign, and free medical examinations based on WHD's 2008 theme.
Organizer: Asian Medical Students' Association, Indonesia
City: Banda Aceh, Palembang, Bandung, Jakarta, Banten, Yogyakarta, Semarang, Solo, Makasar, Malang, Manado, Surabaya

JAPAN

Date:7 April 2008
Title of event: Challenges to Health Security from Climate Change
Description: Four speakers, including experts on infectious diseases and the effect of temperature on health, will highlight strategies to protect human health from the adverse impacts of global warming, with a focus on Japan. A panel discussion and open forum will follow.
Organizer: WHO Centre for Health Development
City: Kobe

NAMIBIA

Date:7 April 2008
Title of event: World Health Day
Description: Regional activities will be conducted in all 13 regions. The main event will be held in Kavango Region.
Organizer: Ministry of Health and Partners
City: Windhoek

NIGERIA

Date: 7 April 2008
Title of event: World Health Day 2008
Description: The day's events include a 1,000-people march, seminar, school health programme, local live TV phone-in programme, free hypertension diabetic screening in rural areas, and a quiz competition for students on health.
Organizer: Center for Public Health
City: Umuahia, Enugu Owerri, Abuja

Date: 7 April 2008
Title of event: Our Climate, Our Health, and Our Future
Description: The day's events will include interactive lectures in secondary schools to encourage students to share ideas on how to prevent adverse effects of climate on health. Flyers will be distributed and posted on university boards. A number presentations will be made and at the end of the day there will be a general lecture.
Organizer: Health Actions Concerning the Environment and You
City: Ilorin

PERU

Date: 7 April 2008
Title of event: Marcha de Sensibilizacion
Description: The sponsors of the event hope to create public awareness about climate change by setting examples of good practices in the area. These practices will include incorporating real energy-saving measures and initiating campaigns in educational institutions with support from private enterprises.
Organizer: Ministerio de Salud - Direccion Ejecutiva de Salud Ambiental
City: Moquegua

PHILIPPINES

Date: 1 April 2008
Title of event: Protecting Health from Climate Change
Description: A forum will be organized for stakeholders to discuss and exchange information on how to protect health from climate change. Representatives from different sectors involved in the government's efforts towards protecting health from climate change are expected to participate.
Organizer: The Zuellig Foundation Inc.
City: Quezon City

POLAND

Date: 4 April 2008
Title of event: Press conference: Climate Change and Health
Description: The WHO Country Office in Poland, in cooperation with the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP/GRID) Office in Poland, is organizing a press conference in the Ministry of Health that will touch on the issue of climate change and health.
Organizer: WHO Country Office in Poland
City: Warsaw

QATAR

Date:4-7 April 2008
Title of event: Drawing Competition for Asian Students in Qatar
Description: Drawing competitions will be held in Doha for Asian students from different schools in Qatar. It will be organized for juniors and seniors based on their age and grade/class.
Organizer: Indian Islamic Association, Qatar
City: Doha

SAUDI ARABIA

Date: 5-7 April 2008
Title of event: Environmental Health
Description: Posters on the event will hang in the college lobby. Informative materials will be mailed to all college members. Brochures have been prepared on the environmental dangers for health and on actions that everyone can take to reduce the effects on human health.
Organizer: Dar Al Hekma College
City: Jeddah

Date: 5-11 April 2008
Title of event: World Health Day
Description: The events include a symposium for health professionals and public; a campaign discouraging the use of carbon; and a celebration attended by the General Director of Assir Region.
Organizer: Al-Namas General Hospital
City: Al-Namas

SERBIA

Date: 6-7 April 2008
Title of event: Four seasons: Health and Climate Change
Description: Public event at Dunavski park: Musical-scenic programme based on the message "We have this one planet and this one life: save them!" Also, there will be a stakeholder meeting in the medical school. A roundtable discussion entitled "Protecting health from climate changes: What we can do?" will take place. For preschool and school children, there will be an exhibition entitled "Healthy food, water, air, environment." A press conference will be held later in the day.
Organizer: National Center for Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion
City: Novi Sad

SLOVENIA

Date: 7 April 2008
Title of event: Climate Change Futures - Health, Ecological and Economic Dimensions
Description: Leading experts from the field of health care, ecology and economy will present at the conference about the global changes and their influence on the health of the country.
Organizer: Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Maribor; Dr. Adolf Drolc Health Centre; Institute Anton Trstenjak for Gerontology; and Intergenerational Connection
City: Maribor

Date:1-7 April 2008
Title of event: World Health Day 2008 - Protect Health from Climate Change Symposium
Description: A symposium on climate change with high-level participants from several ministries will be held. Also, there will be a press conference by the Ministry of Health, lectures by experts, presentations, round table and examples of best practices. Event is held under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Slovenia.
Organizer: Institute of Public Health of the Republic of Slovenia
City: Ljubljana

SPAIN

Date:1-6 April 2008
Title of event: Cinestrat 08 - International Documentary Festival of Finestrat
Description: This year's festival will show documentaries which focus on the energy crisis and climate change and their effects on health, territory and town planning. Accompanying the documentaries will be roundtable discussions and conferences which will be led by notable personalities, including professors Jorge Olcina and Ramón Tamames.
Organizer: Ayuntamiento de Finestrat
City: Finestrat

THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA

Date:7 April 2008
Title of event: World Health Day 2008: Protecting Health from Climate Change in R. Macedonia
Description: A press conference on WHD topic will be held in order to present national health data and to translate, print and distribute the WHD poster to all key stakeholders in the country with aim to raise awareness of health effects of climate change.
Organizer: World Health Organization Country Office - Skopje
City: Skopje

TUNISIA

Date: 5 April 2008
Title of event: Climate Change and Your Health
Description: The seminar focuses on a Tunisian projection on the effects of climate change, the relation between climate and health, vector diseases, respiratory diseases, the link between sun and diseases, and the strategy of adaptation towards climate change.
Organizer: Association Santé et environnement
City: Tunis

TURKEY

Date: 7 April 2008
Title of event: Global Climate Change: Water and Human Health
Description: A symposium focusing on climate change and the effects on water will take place. It will include oral presentations and discussions.
Organizer: Mugla School of Health Sciences, Mugla University
City: Mugla

TURKMENISTAN

Date: 1-30 April 2008
Title of event: World Health Day Workshop Series
Description: Six one-day workshops for kindergarten caretakers, school teachers and medical personnel on health lessons will be held over the course of the month.
Organizer: Health Press Centre of Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan
City: Ashgabat

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Date: 7 April 2008
Title of event: World Health Day
Description: ETA Ascon Star will communicate the importance of global warming and how it affects the health of people. Importance will be given to the need for change in the population and creating awareness among the general public.
Organizer: ETA Ascon Star
City: Dubai

UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA

Date: 7-8 April 2008
Title of event: World Health Day
Description: The day will include cleaning beaches, a live talk show with TBC1 explaining the importance of keeping the environment clean and adopting good lifestyle.
Organizer: Global Fitness Ltd.
City: Dar Es Salaam

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Date: 21 April 2008
Title of event: World Health Day 2008
Description: Student organizations, local volunteer groups, and NGOs will set up booths in the student centre on campus to inform students on specific aspects of global health and climate change.
Organizer: Alpha Lambda Delta, University of Delaware
City: Newark

Date:7-13 April 2008
Title of event: National Public Health Week
Description: Since 1996, the American Public Health Association has organized National Public Health Week and developed campaigns to educate the public, policy-makers and public health professionals about issues important to improving the public’s health. By making climate change the theme for 2008, the public health community can ignite a major shift in how our society addresses this unprecedented challenge.
Organizer: American Public Health Association

Date: 7 April 2008
Title of event: Climate Change and Your Health
Description: A day-long symposium will be held where experts from across the university and South Florida will address climate-related risks to health in South Florida and highlight how climate changes worldwide represent important global public health challenges for the 21st century. Presenters and panellists come from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, and while some focus on South Florida issues, others focus on broader global health concerns.
Organizer: Department of Epidemiology & Public Health, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
City: Miami

Date: 7 April 2008
Title of event: Protecting Health from Climate Change: Role of the Health Care Sector to Improve Health Outcomes
Description: There will be a lecture and panel discussion. The objectives are to learn why climate change is a health-care concern and to know what adaptation and mitigation strategies health-care providers can incorporate into practice to help patients and populations better cope with climate change. This is a free seminar for all health-care professionals and students.
Organizer: Environmental Health Education Center, University of Maryland School of Nursing
City: Baltimore

Date: 9 April 2008
Title of event: World Health Day Trivia Night
Description: A trivia competition about health and how it is affected by climate change and what we should do to protect health.
Organizer: Rice University American Red Cross
City: Houston

Date: 7 April 2008
Title of event: World Health Day
Description: The day's events will include poster presentations on various international climate issues and how they affect our health. Author Jeff Conant will give a presentation and do a book signing. Professor Ramon Castellblanch will present on the topic of lobbying.
Organizer: San Jose State University MPH Student Association and Health Science Department
City: San Jose

VIET NAM

Date: 7 April 2008
Title of event: Meeting for celebrating the World Health Day 2008
Description: Keynote speakers from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and WHO will be invited to the meeting. High-ranking officials from related ministries and agencies, representatives from international organizations, NGOs, national organizations, research scientists, students from universities and institutes, and professional staff will be invited to attend and discuss the theme of preventing health impacts from climate chance.
Organizer: Vietnam Administration for Preventive Medicine and Environment
City: Hanoi