World Health Day is April 7th

World Health Day is observed each year on April 7th to celebrate the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO choses a key health issue that affects people worldwide each year and people around the world are encouraged to hold and attend events to bring attention to this issue to promote health and well-being. This year the WHO is highlighting antimicrobial resistance and invites everyone to learn more about this growing health issue.

Antimicrobial resistance is a growing problem.  As more microbes become antibiotic resistant, we risk regressing to the pre-antibiotic era. Many countries are taking action, but more urgent, consolidated efforts are needed. On World Health Day 2011, the WHO will issue a call for action to halt the spread of antimicrobial resistance by introducing a six-point policy package for all countries to combat antimicrobial resistance.

The WHO will call on everyone, including policy-makers and planners, the public and patients, practitioners and prescribers, agricultural users, pharmacists and dispensers, and the pharmaceutical industry, to think, act and take responsibility for combating drug resistance.

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