International Health Days


Geneva, Switzerland.  WHO is taking the third Walk the Talk: The Health for All Challenge virtual this year. In light of COVID-19, Walk the Talk will offer an even more global platform to promote health and well-being for people all over the world.

The Virtual Walk the Talk will be held over 16-17 May 2020, with people invited to join in from their…


Join us on 12 May, 2020

WHAT: Contributions of Nurses to Universal Health and the COVID-19 pandemic in the Region of the Americas.

WHEN: Tuesday, 12 May 2020  

TIME: 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. (EDT) 

HOW: Virtual room link   …


Protecting youth from industry manipulation and preventing them from tobacco and nicotine use

The global campaign will debunk myths and expose devious tactics employed by these industries. It will provide young people with the knowledge required to easily detect industry manipulation and equip them with the tools to rebuff such tactics, thereby empowering young people to stand up…

The Healthy Life Course Unit of the Family, Health Promotion, and Life Course Department is pleased to invite you to a Webinar in commemoration of the International Day of the Family to discuss Family Wellness and resilience in the time of COVID-19. 

This session is in English.

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Hand Hygiene Day. “Nurses and midwives, clean care is in your hands!”

“SAVE LIVES: Clean your hands

Celebrated every year on 5 May, Hand Hygiene Day mobilizes people around the world to increase adherence to hand hygiene in health care facilities, thus protecting health care workers and patients from infections.



Between April 25 and May 2, 2020, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and its partners will celebrate the 18th annual Vaccination Week in the Americas with the slogan “Love. Trust. Protect.


Nurses and midwives - Leading the way to Universal Health

The Region of the Americas has some 9 million practitioners in the nursing profession, 4.5 million of whom are university-trained nurses, 87% of them women.

"It’s Time for Action. End TB"

Each year we commemorate World TB Day on March 24 to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic consequences of tuberculosis (TB) for those who suffer from this preventable and curable disease and to step up efforts to end the global TB epidemic.


Opportunity to strengthen the role of human resources for primary health care

The Region of the Americas has around 9 million nursing professionals; of these, 4.500.000 are licensed nurses. The nursing and midwifery workforce represent nearly 50 percent of the health workforce, and nurses and midwives are critical to providing Primary Health Care.


World Patient Safety Day will be celebrated for the first time on 17 September 2019. Events will be held around the world to raise awareness of the need to establish patient safety as a global health priority. The day brings stakeholders together in an effort to reduce the unintended harm caused by healthcare.


World Hypertension Day is observed every May 17th in order to raise awareness and promote hypertension prevention, detection and control. High blood pressure is the main risk factor to develop cardiovascular disease.

"Know your numbers" is the theme for this year. Its purpose is to raise awareness worldwide about the importance of knowing what is your blood pressure measurement.


Nurses have made important strides and we have a lot to celebrate in 2019. On 8 May 2019, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) will launch a new publication on Strategic Direction for Nursing in the Region of the Americas. Join us to commemorate the International Nurses Day.


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During April 20-27, 2019, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and its partners will celebrate the 17th annual Vaccination Week in the Americas with the slogan “Protect your community. Do your part.

Universal health coverage reiterates and reinforces the commitment of PAHO/WHO to Universal Health in the Region of the Americas. The key to achieving this is to ensure that everyone can get the care they need, when they need it, at the heart of the community.

Millions of people still do not have access to medical care. Millions more are forced to choose between health care and other…

WHO calls on health facilities to prevent health care-associated sepsis through hand hygiene and infection prevention and control (IPC) action. Sepsis is estimated to affect more than 30 million patients every year worldwide.

The Member States of the United Nations have together pledged to provide Universal Health Coverage (UHC) globally by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.

To help keep this goal top of the global agenda, the World Health Organization is dedicating World Health Day 2018 to Universal Health Coverage – with the aim to kick start meaningful policy dialogues about UHC at all…

La Cumbre Mundial de la Hepatitis es un evento bienal global para avanzar en la agenda de la hepatitis viral. Se trata de una iniciativa conjunta de la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) y la Alianza Mundial de la Hepatitis  - en colaboración con un país anfitrión diferente para cada Cumbre.


We invite you to participate in Vaccination Week in the Americas 2018!