World Health Day: Protect yourself from vector-borne diseases

    | April 7, 2014

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    In 1948, WHO held the First World Health Assembly. The Assembly decided to mark April 7, starting in 1950, as World Health Day. World Health Day celebrates the founding of WHO, and is an opportunity for the organization to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health.

    Each year, the Day focuses on a different threat to human health and longevity, and this year’s theme is Protect yourself from vector-borne diseases.

    More than half the world’s population is at risk from vector-borne diseases (those transmitted to humans by insects and other small organisms) such as malaria and dengue. But we can protect ourselves and our families by taking simple preventive measures, including vaccination.

    Small insects, such as mosquitoes, sandflies and ticks, and some aquatic snails are responsible for a number of deadly and debilitating human diseases.

    Go to the World Health Organization’s website to find resources and events on this year’s World Health Day: