World Health Day 2014 was observed across the world on 7 April 2014. The day provides an opportunity for individuals to get involved in activities that can lead to better health.
The theme for World Health Day 2014 is vector-borne diseases. World Health Organisation (WHO) is highlighting the serious and increasing threat of vector-borne diseases with the slogan Small bite, big threat.
WHO want to create awareness about the vector spread diseases which include malaria, dengue, leishmaniasis and yellow fever. The Campaign aims to raise awareness about the threat posed by vectors and vector-borne diseases. The awareness also includes simples precaution that the families and communities to take action to protect themselves.
About World Health Day
First World Health Day was celebrated on 7 April 1950 and marks the anniversary of the WHO in 1948. In 2013, the theme of the World Health Day was Control your blood pressure.
About Vector Diseases
Vectors such as mosquitoes, flies, ticks, bugs and freshwater snails transmits the diseases like Malaria, Dengue, Chikungunya, Kala-azar, Lymphatic Filariasis and Japanese Encephalitis.
To prevent these vector diseases the following are the simple careful steps advised by the National Health Mission
• Prevent stagnation of water, fill up breeding places of mosquitoes for example pits and puddles
• Clean the contain the containers, tanks etc used to store water and cooler once a week
• In higher mosquito density areas, use mosquito nets while sleeping
• Get your blood tested free of cost at government facilities in case of fever
• Make arrangements for water drainage
• Cover water stared in the house
• Wear protective clothing to prevent mosquito bite
• Complete the full treatment as advised by doctor
• Ensure proper waste disposal, maintain cleanliness and sanitation
Where: across the World
When: 7 April 2014