April 7: World Health Day


Photo: Speak up Africa School MDAS in the Meru District Tanzania May 2017

April 7 marks World Health Day, which is celebrated every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948. WHO's theme for 2019 is: Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere.

While much progress has been made on United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3 – ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages – people are still suffering from preventable diseases and too many are dying prematurely owing to a lack or shortage of health care facilities.

Over the years, OFID has supported numerous health initiatives and projects across the globe aimed at improving health standards and living conditions. Co-financed projects have constructed, equipped and expanded hospitals and health clinics, or renovated ageing facilities. There has also been a strong emphasis on capacity building and supporting primary healthcare programs.

OFID focuses on global, regional and national health initiatives aimed at preventing and treating high-burden diseases, such as HIV / AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, neglected tropical diseases, and non-communicable diseases such as cancer and diabetes.

OFID’s commitments to the health sector total more than US$1,037m as of December 31, 2018. More details can be found here