|World Health Day 2009|
World Health Day, April 7, marks the anniversary of the 1948 founding of the World Health Organization (WHO). This year's focus is on the need to make hospitals and health facilities safe in disasters and other emergencies. Browse through this web site to learn more about the urgency and feasibility of making hospitals and health facilities safe in disasters, and find suggestions for individual and organizational action. We hope you will use this information to raise awareness and mobilize support for safe hospitals throughout 2009 and beyond.
A World Health Day video message from the Director of PAHO
When disaster strikes, our immediate concern is to save lives, help the injured, and restore the well-being of affected communities. We cannot accomplish this without one essential lifeline: our hospitals. Hospitals should never be allowed to become disaster victims themselves... [Watch it!]
World Health Day celebration in Washington, D.C.
Learn more about hospitals safe from disasters
(Publications, photos and multimedia, links to web sites and much more)
World Health Day graphic materials
A call to action on safe hospitals
Participate! Disaster-resilient hospitals and health facilities are everyoneâ€™s right. They are also everyoneâ€™s responsibility. How can you make a difference? Here are some suggestions.
Celebrate! There are many ways to celebrate World Health Day 2009 in hospitals and health centers, universities, professional associations and other organizations, and even in the media. Here are some ideas.
Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization