Every year, April 7 is observed as World Health Day (WHD) to raise awareness about the need to improve global health. Sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), the campaign acts as a unique platform to ensure that everyone around the world has access to the healthcare services they need. Not only does World Health Day inspire us all to learn more about global health, but it plays an important role in setting the world health agenda for years to come. It is important for healthcare providers to understand the significance of providing healthcare access to all people. Physicians providing healthcare services utilize medical billing and coding services to ensure accurate documentation.

From its inception at the First Health Assembly in 1948 and since taking effect in 1950, the World Health Day has aimed to create awareness of a specific health theme to highlight a priority area of concern for the World Health Organization. Over the span of 50 years, the observance has brought to light several health issues related to mental health, maternal and childcare and more.

The 2020 WHD aims to honor the significant contributions of nurses and midwives, recognizing their crucial role in keeping the world population healthy. According to reports, the global nursing workforce is estimated to be around 28 million, out of which more than 19 million are professional nurses. Nurses and other health workers are at the forefront of COVID-19 response providing high quality, respectful, treatment and care, leading community dialogue to address fears and questions and in some instances putting their own life at risk to protect the broader community.

Comprising more than two-thirds of the health workforce in the WHO Western Pacific Region, nurses play a critical role when it comes to responding to health needs in all settings. The 2020 WHD campaign is the perfect opportunity to advocate for commitment and resources to strengthen the nursing and midwifery workforce, improve their education and working conditions and enable them to work to their full potential. The tagline for 2020 World Health Day is – “Support nurses and midwives”.

On 2020 WHD, the WHO will launch the first ever State of the World’s Nursing Report which provides a global picture of the nursing workforce, and support evidence-based planning to optimize the contributions of this workforce in improving health and well being for all. The report will set the agenda for data collection, policy dialogue, research and advocacy, and investment in the health workforce for generations to come. A similar report on the Midwifery workforce will be launched in 2021 as well.

As part of the one-day campaign, a wide range of local events and activities will be organized by the WHO, government organizations and health/private organizations around the world. Online advertisements, advertisements on television channels and social media pages are sent out to mark the significance of the day. Messages are also spread in hospitals and educational institutions about the necessity of healthcare. People can get involved in the campaign by taking a moment to thank the health workers or your favorite nurse or midwife by showing them appreciation. Photos and videos of these nurses or other health workers can be shared via several social media platforms explaining why their work is important. The campaign can be supported by posting the hash tag – #SupportNursesAndMidwives and #COVID19.

Take Part in World Health Day Campaign on April 7. Recognize the role of nurses in providing healthcare services.