•World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April every 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
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
Post-2015 UN development agenda
MDG 1: eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
MDG 3: promote gender equality and empower women
MDG 4: reduce child mortality
MDG 5: improve maternal health
MDG 6: combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
MDG 7: ensure environmental sustainability
MDG 8: develop a global partnership for development
•2017: Depression: Let's talk
•2016: Halt the rise: beat diabetes
•2015: Food safety
•2014: Vector-borne diseases: small bite, big threat
•2013: Healthy heart beat, Healthy blood pressure
•2012: Good health adds life to years
•2011: Anti-microbial resistance: no action today, no cure tomorrow
•2010: Urbanization and health: make cities healthier
•2009: Save lives, Make hospitals safe in emergencies
•2008: Protecting health from the adverse effects of climate change
•2007: International health security
The World Health Organization
(WHO) has declared Depression
as the theme for the next World
Health Day (7th April 2017).
The campaign slogan is
‘Depression: Let’s Talk’, and was
released on the World Mental
Health Day this year (10 October
What is Depression?
Depression is an illness characterized by persistent sadness and a loss
of interest in activities that you normally enjoy, accompanied by an
inability to carry out daily activities, for at least two weeks.
In addition, people with depression normally have several of the
a loss of energy;
a change in appetite;
sleeping more or less;
feelings of worthlessness, guilt, or hopelessness; and
thoughts of self-harm or suicide.
Depression is a common mental disorder that affects people of
all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries.
Depression is not a sign of weakness.
The risk of becoming depressed is increased by
olife events such as the death of a loved one or a relationship
ophysical illness and
oproblems caused by alcohol and drug use
Untreated depression can prevent people from
working and participating in family and community life.
At worst, depression can lead to suicide.
Treatments for depression
There's no one proven way that people recover from depression, and
it's different for everyone. However, there are a range of effective
treatments and health professionals who can help you on the road to
There are also plenty of things you can do for yourself to recover and