The World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on 7 April, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO). In 1948, the WHO held the First World Health Assembly which decided to celebrate 7 April of each year, starting from 1950, as the World Health Day. The World Health Day is an opportunity to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health each year and to raise awareness on this theme the WHO organizes international, regional and local events all over the World.
The theme for World Health Day 2015 will be Food Safety, a theme of high relevance to all people on the planet, and multiple stakeholders, including government, civil society, the private sector, and intergovernmental agencies. Unsafe food (food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances) is responsible for more than 200 diseases, and is linked to the deaths of some 2 million people annually, mostly children. New threats to food safety are constantly emerging. Changes in food production, distribution and consumption (intensive agriculture, globalization of food trade, mass catering and street food); changes to the environment; new and emerging bacteria and toxins; antimicrobial resistance, all increase the risk that food becomes contaminated. The WHO is working with countries and partners to strengthen efforts to prevent, detect and respond to foodborne disease outbreaks. The organization has affirmed that food safety is a shared responsibility, from farmers and manufacturers to vendors and consumers, and is raising awareness about the importance of the part everyone can play in ensuring that the food on our plate is safe to eat.
The Philippines, where Kito Onlus is conducting its projects, is a country heavily affected by natural disasters and the highly frequence of these ones leaves the population starved, especially in rural and isolated areas of the country. Approximately half of the Filipino families consider themselves food insecure or are unable to feed themselves the right quality and quantity of food. Kito Onlus, which tries to improve general health conditions in the country through its projects and trainings also including a specific module on food security, joins the celebrations for the World Health Day and recognizes that food security must become a priority.