World Health Day - 7 April 2018

Celebrate World Health Day with special stamps

6 April 2018 - Today is the first day of issue of stamps to commemorate World Health Day and the seventieth anniversary of WHO.

The stamps issued by the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) are messengers of peace. Human rights, the environment, endangered species and peace are all subjects of universal concern to the peoples of the world. And so is universal health coverage, this year’s World Health Day theme.

two little kids are smiling to each other while an old man and a woman are standing behind them

Engage in World Health Day 2018

In this 70th anniversary year, WHO is calling on world leaders to live up to the pledges they made when they agreed the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, and commit to concrete steps to advance #HealthForAll. This means ensuring that everyone, everywhere can access essential quality health services without facing financial hardship.

The Pot play poster

Faced with a Deadly Epidemic, will a town come together?

6 April 2018 - As part of the 2018 World Health Day celebration, WHO staff produced this short play on Universal Coverage to give a human face to everyone’s right to health.

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) events around the world

World Health Day is around the corner: Saturday, 7 April.

Check out some of the events WHO is hosting around the world:

Explore our interactive universal health coverage micro-site!

At least half the world’s people do not receive the essential health services they need. Get the tools you need to raise awareness and help advance universal health coverage for everyone everywhere. This interactive policy advocacy toolkit provides suggested actions and tools for policy-makers, civil society, individuals and media.

Universal Health Coverage: everyone, everywhere

History is made by our achievements. We have come a long way to make the impossible possible: from the control of fire, to life-saving vaccines to landing on the moon. Our next historic achievement is right in front of us: health for all humankind. What if everyone had access to the health services they need? What if they were not pushed into poverty paying for the services? Together, we can make universal health coverage happen in our lifetime.

Test your knowledge on Universal Health Coverage

In the spirit of this year’s World Health Day theme, 'Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere', we have put together tools and essential messages to guide, motivate and inspire you to act.

On this campaign page, you will find facts about universal health coverage to help you to answer these itching questions: how many people in the world lack access to essential health services? What is universal health coverage, and what is it not?

Test your knowledge about universal health coverage with this short quiz.

fact buffet

Essential health services

Half the worldlacks access

Fact Sheet

Health costs

100 millionpushed into poverty

Global Monitoring Report

Extend coverage

1 billionmore people access services by 2023

Tokyo Declaration
pdf, 430kb