April 7th is World Health Day, a day sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise awareness of a certain global health issue each year and campaign for change. This year, the WHO is focusing on the massive global health issue that is vector-borne disease. This includes life-threatening diseases like malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever and more diseases that are spread by the bite of insects like mosquitoes, ticks and sandflies.
Vector-borne diseases infect millions of children and adults every year, killing many and leaving families and communities devastated. With better research and prevention methods, we can see a world with much less devastation from these diseases and the people living in the most affected parts of the world can finally move past this looming danger and live longer, healthier lives.
The WHO sponsors many events for World Health Day and has all the information you could need to get involved in local events and global health campaigns on their website, so check them out, spread the word and let’s fight for a better, healthier world together!