On April 7, 2022, WHO will focus global attention on the interconnectedness of our planet and our health.

The launch of a campaign that day will encourage individuals, communities, governments, and organizations around the world to share their stories about the steps they are taking to protect our planet and our health.

Did you know that World Health Day is celebrated every April 7 to commemorate the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948?

Every April 7, a theme is chosen that highlights a priority area of concern for WHO, for this year “Our planet, our health” is the motto that evokes concern about the increasing incidence of diseases associated with pollution.

WHO estimates that 13 million deaths worldwide are due to preventable environmental causes worldwide each year, and around 800,000 people on the planet die annually from diseases related to water pollution or poor sanitation.

The call this year from the Pan American Health Organization, WHO and its partners presents a unique opportunity for a green and healthy recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, which puts the health of people and the planet at the center of actions and promotes a movement to create societies focused on well-being.

Air and water pollution, inefficient sanitation, risks related to hazardous chemicals, and the negative effects of climate change are the most pressing environmental threats to public health in the Region. These threats are exacerbated by weak health governance and inequities in access, as well as limited leadership, expertise, and resources in the health sector, especially widening the inequality gap for societies that did not plan to invest technology resources for their institutions.

In the last 2 years due to the pandemic, it is important to highlight that resource consumption habits for health have changed radically, and now technology also plays a fundamental role in the consumer’s perception and experience. Communities that have access to technology and entities that can quickly adapt to the virtuality of the new digital ecosystem in health can efficiently deliver essential information to relevant stakeholders and increase the quality of life of patients, as well as protect sensitive data from providers and private sectors such as pharmaceuticals.

69% of consumers want new ways to access products and services; The health sector is not left out of this, in the face of this, companies and institutions must hyper-accelerate the investment and adaptation of digital media to counteract demand. Today, patients feel more comfortable accepting digital alternatives to traditional medical processes such as checkups and remote monitoring, increasing the digital empowerment of users and rethinking the management of these resources, leaving the management of health resources in the hands of the patient.

The generational gap also plays an important role in terms of the resources and means of information relevant to obtaining knowledge in health, as indicated by the Connected Health Consumer Report, carried out by Salesforce for its service cloud specialized in health management Health Cloud on December 6, 2021, in which 12,000 participants were surveyed worldwide on health. For example, unlike their predecessors, Generation Z uses social networks as channels to obtain information on public health topics, however, in addition to relevant news and research, they have the support of truthful, reliable and certified institutions that publish their results on These channels are also a pathway for misinformation, so the digitization of the health sector is becoming an increasingly latent investment.

Key messages for World Health Day 2024:

  • Protecting our planet is protecting our health. Environmental pollution and climate change are major threats to human health, causing respiratory illnesses, cardiovascular diseases, and other health problems.
  • A healthy planet is a healthy future. Taking action to address climate change and protect the environment is essential for ensuring the health and well-being of future generations.
  • Everyone has a role to play. Individuals, communities, governments, and businesses can all take steps to protect our planet and our health.

Here are some ways you can get involved in World Health Day 2024:

  • Learn about the theme of “Our planet, our health.” Read about the environmental threats to human health and the actions that can be taken to address them.
  • Share information with others. Talk to your friends, family, and colleagues about the importance of protecting our planet and our health.
  • Take action to reduce your environmental impact. Make changes in your own life, such as driving less, using less energy, and recycling more.
  • Support organizations working to protect the environment and promote public health. Donate to or volunteer with organizations that are working to address these issues.

Together, we can create a healthier planet for a healthier future.

Here are some additional resources for World Health Day 2024:

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