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International days, weeks and years of Public Health Concern

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The numerous international days, weeks and years are observed globally in the field of health to raise awareness and advocate in particular diseases or health conditions. Various global health awareness days has been celebrated each year to create awareness of specific health matters.

Here is the list of common public health important days;

January

February

March

  • Zero Discrimination Day- 1 March
  • World Hearing Day– 3 March
  • World Birth Defects Day- 3 March
  • World Obesity Day- 4 March
  • International Women’s Day- 8 3 March
  • World Glaucoma Week  March 7-13 
  • World Kidney Day- Second Thursday in March
  • International Day of Happiness- 20 March
  • World Oral Health Day- 20 March
  • International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination- 21 March
  • World Down Syndrome Day- 21 March
  • World Water Day- 22 March
  • World Tuberculosis Day- 24 March
  • International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members- 25 March

April

  • World Autism Awareness Day- 2 April 
  • International Day of Sport for Development and Peace- 6 April
  • World Health Day- 7 April
  • World Chagas Disease Day- 14 April
  • World Creativity and Innovation Day- 21 April
  • World Meningitis Day-24 April
  • World Malaria Day– 25 April
  • World Immunization Week– The last week of April
  • World Day for Safety and Health at Work- 28 April

May

  • World Asthma Day- First Tuesday in the month of May
  • World Hand Hygiene Day- 5 May
  • International Day of the Midwife- 5 May
  • UN Global Road Safety Week- 6-12 May
  • International Nurses Day- 12 May
  • International Day of Families- 15 May
  • World Family Doctor Day- 19 May
  • International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia- 17 May
  • World Hypertension Day- 17 May
  • International Day to End Obstetric Fistula- 23 May
  • Menstrual Hygiene Day- 28 May
  • World No-Tobacco Day- 31 May

June

  • World Blood Donor Day– 14 June
  • World Elder Abuse Awareness Day- 15 June
  • International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict- 19 June
  • International Day of Yoga– 21 June
  • International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking- 26 June

July

August

  • World Breastfeeding Week– 1 to 7 August
  • International Youth Day- 12 August 
  • World Humanitarian Day- 19 August 
  • African Traditional Medicine Day- 31 August

September

  • World Physical Therapy Day- 8 September
  • World Suicide Prevention Day– 10 September
  • World Sepsis Day– 13 September
  • World Alzheimer’s Day- 21 September 
  • World Pharmacists Day- 25 September
  • World Lung Day- 25 September
  • World Rabies Day- 28 September
  • World Heart Day- 29 September
  • World Contraception Day- 26 September

October

  • International Day for the Elderly – 1 October
  • International Day of Non-Violence – 2 October
  • World Mental Health Day- 10 October
  • International Day of the Girl Child- 11 October
  • International Day for Disaster Reduction – 13 October
  • World Sight Day – 14 October
  • World Hospice and Palliative Care Day- The second Saturday of October
  • International Day of Rural Women – 15 October
  • World Food Day – 16 October 
  • World Statistics Day- 20 October
  • World Osteoporosis Day – 20 October
  • United Nations Day – 24 October
  • World Polio Day – 24 October
  • World Psoriasis Day – 29 October
  • World Stroke Day –  29 October
  • World Cities Day – 31 October

November

  • World Pneumonia Day – 12 November
  • World Antibiotic Awareness Week – 18-24 November
  • World Diabetes Day – 14 November
  • International Day for Tolerance – 16 November
  • World Toilet Day – 19 November
  • World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims – The third Sunday of November
  • World Day of Research for Health – 18 November
  • Universal Children’s Day -20 November
  • International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women -25 November 

December

  • World AIDS Day – 1 December
  • International Day of Persons with Disabilities – December
  • International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development – 5 December
  • FCHV Day- 5 December
  • International Anti-Corruption Day – 9 December
  • Human Rights Day – 10 December
  • International Universal Health Coverage Day –  12 December
  • International Human Solidarity Day -20 December 

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