Communicating for health

Health campaigns

Communications function at WHO

Global public health days are an opportunity to raise awareness and understanding about critical health issues and mobilize support for action. WHO campaigns provide an opportunity for WHO to convene and focus world-wide attention on a health issue of high importance and to coordinate the efforts of multiple agencies and Organizational levels to support specific goals from policy-makers to families and communities.

WHO focuses particular attention on seven days and one week during the year that WHO Member States have mandated as “official” global health observances, including:

  • World TB Day, 24 March
  • World Health Day, 7 April
  • World Immunization Week, last week of April
  • World Malaria Day, 25 April
  • World No Tobacco Day, 31 May
  • World Blood Donor Day, 14 June
  • World Hepatitis Day, 28 July
  • World AIDS Day, 1 December