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AmeriCares Celebrates World Health Day

  • April 7, 2009

Every year on April 7, people around the world celebrate World Health Day. This day recognizes the importance of health for people to live happy and productive lives. It also marks the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948.

The WHO promotes and supports the highest level of health possible for all people around the world.

This year, World Health Day focuses on emergency preparedness and health worker safety. When health workers get sick or injured, hundreds of patients can be affected. Providing health care in times of crisis increases the risks all the more.

That’s why AmeriCares supports emergency disaster training in countries including India and Sri Lanka. We work with local authorities, hospital officials and other public-private partners to expand preparedness and trauma training. Emergency health care is a lifeline for vulnerable people in disasters.

AmeriCares has invested in training exercises  on emergency medicine, trauma care and disaster preparedness in India and Sri Lanka. The program was designed for large-scale disasters, whether they are man-made such as terrorist attacks in Mumbai, or natural disasters such as the 2004 Southeast Asian tsunami. Read more >   

To help promote the health and safety of health care workers, AmeriCares launched a program, The Center of Excellence in Health Care Worker Safety, in Tanzania. This program helps 2,000 health care workers and medical students protect themselves while they care for patients and serves as a model for safety in the developing world. Read more >

These programs exemplify our commitment to empower health workers to treat communities, provide health and hope to people in need around the world, and help people live longer, healthier lives.

Help AmeriCares save lives in India, Tanzania and Around the World >>