International Health Days Events

International public health days offer great potential to raise awareness and understanding about health issues and mobilize support for action, from the local community to the international stage. There are many world days observed throughout the year related to specific health issues or conditions – from Alzheimer's to zoonoses; however, PAHO/WHO focuses particular attention on the days and weeks that PAHO/WHO Member States have mandated as "official" public health days for the region.

World Hand Hygiene Day 2024 


World Hand Hygiene Day is celebrated every year on 5 May to raise global awareness about the importance of hand hygiene in healthcare and to unite people in support of improving hand hygiene worldwide.


World Health Day 2024
"My health, my right"

Around the world, the right to health of millions is increasingly coming under threat.

Conflicts are devastating lives, causing death, pain, hunger and psychological distress.

The burning of fossil fuels is simultaneously driving the climate crisis and taking away our right to breathe clean air,…


Globally, tuberculosis (TB) is the leading cause of death from infectious disease. According to the World Health Organization's Global TB Report 2023, an estimated 10.6 million cases were reported worldwide, with 1.3 million deaths, of which around 167,000 were among people living with HIV. Global efforts to combat TB have saved approximately 75 million lives since 2000.

Join us on Tuesday, 14 November, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Washington DC time, o EST) on the Regional Commemoration of World Diabetes Day. This event will take place in Mexico City, Mexico, and will count with live broadcast via Zoom plataform.

WHEN: Thursday, 15 June 2023, 1:15pm – 2:30pm (EDT) 

WHERE: United Nations Headquarters, New York Trusteeship Council Chamber


International Nurses Day 2023

WHEN: May 10, 2023 - 2:00 – 5:00 pm (EDT)

SUBJECT: Human Resources in Nursing to Care for populations living in Conditions of Vulnerability in the Region of the Americas: availability, capacity, and Regulation.


WHEN: Wednesday, April 5, 11:00 am ET (Washington, DC Time).

SUBJECT: World Health Day - Health for All: Strengthening Primary Healthcare to Build Resilient Systems 


  • Dr. Jarbas Barbosa, Director, PAHO

  • Dr. James Fitzgerald, Director of Health Systems and Services, PAHO

  • Dr. Franck C.S. Anthony,…


March 23rd, 2023


10:00 – 12:15 pm (WDC time)



Innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls! PAHO's call to action for a DigitALL Community of Practice to support innovation and technology for gender equality. The event will include remarks from BID, Brazil, Colombia, and Indigenous Youth Networks.


On 7 April 2023—World Health Day—the World Health Organization will observe its 75th birthday. Join PAHO and WHO on a journey to achieve Health For All.

WHO’s 75th anniversary year, which concides with PAHO's 120th anniversary year, is an opportunity to look back at public health successes that have improved quality of life during the last seven decades. It is also an…