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World Health Day: History and theme

Today is world’s health day. It is an annual awareness- raising day organized by World Health’s Organization (WHO). Each year it has different theme, this year’s is beat diabetes.

History

After UN was formed in 1945, it was decided that a global health organization should be formed.

So, WHO was set up on April 7th, 1948. So, this day is basically the birthday of WHO on which awareness is spread among people regarding an important global issue. Which brings us to this year’s them i.e. beat diabetes.

Theme

This is because diabetes is on a dramatic rise. The number of adults in the world with diabetes has nearly quadrupled since 1980 to 422million adults. It can lead to a heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and lower limb amputation, and caused 1.5million deaths globally in 2012.

High blood glucose also caused 2.2million deaths.