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World Health Day 2014 – Vector Borne Diseases


World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April of each year to mark the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948. Each year a theme is selected that highlights a priority area of public health. The Day provides an opportunity for individuals in every community to get involved in activities that can lead to better health.

The topic for 2014 is vector-borne diseases.


What are vectors and vector-borne diseases?

Vectors are organisms that transmit pathogens and parasites from one infected person (or animal) to another. Vector-borne diseases are illnesses caused by these pathogens and parasites in human populations. They are most commonly found in tropical areas and places where access to safe drinking-water and sanitation systems is problematic. 

Learn more about this year’s World Health Day and the drive to generate awareness about vector-borne diseases and increase global protection by clicking on the flyer. 

The prevalence of vector-borne diseases is an issue that affects the older population greatly.  Along with children, the older population is the most vulnerable to contracting these diseases.  Even more worrisome is the fact that certain vector-borne illnesses like Chikungunya and Tick-borne encephalitis tend to be more severe when contracted by older people and can even lead to death. The IFA commends the WHO for choosing this important topic as the theme for 2014′s World Health Day.