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Important International Health Days

Anti-Leprosy Day

Last Sunday in January

World Leprosy Day is observed on the last Sunday in January. The next World Leprosy Day will take place on 24h January 2021.

World Cancer Day

4th February

World Cancer Day is organized by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and celebrated each year on 4th February.


No Smoking Day

2nd Wednesday of March

No Smoking Day is an annual health awareness day in the United Kingdom which is intended to help smokers who want to quit smoking. The first No Smoking Day was on Ash Wednesday in 1984, and it now takes place on the second Wednesday in March.


International Women’s Day

8th March

International Women’s Day is celebrated on the 8th of March every year around the world. It is a focal point in the movement for women’s rights.

World Tuberculosis Day

24th March

 World Tuberculosis (TB) Day on March 24 to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic consequences of TB, and to step up efforts to end the global TB epidemic.


World Health Day

7th April

7 April is the day to celebrate the work of nurses and midwives and remind world leaders of the critical role they play in keeping the world healthy. Nurses and other health workers are at the forefront of COVID-19 response – providing high quality, respectful treatment and care, leading community dialogue to address fears and questions and, in some instances,  collecting data for clinical studies. Quite simply, without nurses, there would be no response.


World Malaria Day

25th April

Since 2000, global efforts to curb malaria have resulted in millions of cases and deaths averted – proof that progress is possible. Many countries with a low burden of the disease have moved quickly towards the goal of zero malaria.


World Red Cross Day

8th May

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is an annual celebration of the principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. World Red Cross Red Crescent Day is celebrated on 8 May each year. This date is the anniversary of the birth of Henry Dunant, who was born on 8 May 1828. He was the founder of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the recipient of the first Nobel Peace Prize.


No Tobacco Day

31st May

World No Tobacco Day aims to draw global attention and raise awareness of the harmful health effects of tobacco. May 31 is World No Tobacco Day

World Environment Day

5th June

World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated on 5 June every year and is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of the environment.


World Blood Donor Day

14th June

The event serves to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gift of blood and also to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations to ensure that all individuals and communities have access to affordable and timely supplies of safe and quality-assured blood and blood products, as an integral part of universal health coverage and a key component of effective health systems.


International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

26th June

By resolution 42/112 of 7 December 1987, the General Assembly decided to observe 26 June as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse.


World Population Day

11th July

World Population Day, which seeks to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues.


World Hepatitis Day

28th July

The date of 28 July was chosen because it is the birthday of Nobel-prize winning scientist Dr Baruch Blumberg, who discovered the hepatitis B virus (HBV) and developed a diagnostic test and vaccine for the virus.

Celebrated to step up national and international efforts on hepatitis, encourage actions and engagement by individuals, partners and the public and highlight the need for a greater global response.


World Rabies Day

28th September

It is celebrated annually to raise awareness about rabies prevention and to highlight progress in defeating this horrifying disease


World Heart Day

29th September

 World Heart Day is part of an international campaign to spread awareness about heart disease and stroke prevention.


World Sight Day

2nd Thursday of October

World Sight Day (WSD) is an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October, to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment.


World Mental Health Day

10th October

with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.


World Anesthesia Day

16th October

 Celebrated to honor the first successful demonstration of diethyl ether anesthesia on 16 October 1846.


Universal Immunization Day

10th November

This day is celebrated to make people aware of the importance of getting timely vaccinations against vaccine-preventable diseases.


World Diabetes Day

14th November

WDD is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign reaching a global audience of over 1 billion people in more than 160 countries to draw attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keep diabetes firmly in the public and political spotlight.


World Epilepsy Day

17th November

Celebrated to create awareness about epilepsy; a disorder in which the brain generates sudden abnormal bursts of electrical energy that even affect other brain functions and lead to recurrent unprovoked seizures.


World AIDS Day

1st December

This day is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease.


International Day for Disabled Person

3rd December

It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

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