World Health Day — 7 April 2020

World Health Day 2020 celebrates health workers

World Health Day is celebrated by the World Health Organization (WHO) every year on 7 April, the anniversary of the creation of the UN agency in 1948.

Last year, in 2019, the topic for World Health Day was Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The goal of UHC is to enable all people to access health services without financial hardship.

One of the pillars of UHC is the medical staff, who work to provide health services to all people, everywhere and at all times.

In this sense, World Health Day 2020 is a continuation of World Health Day 2019, as it celebrates health workers, especially midwives and nurses. Their work is necessary for the proper functioning of essential health services.

WHO supports midwives and nurses worldwide

World Health Day — 7 April 2020WHO has designated 2020 as the "International Year of Midwives and Nurses". With World Health Day 2020, the UN agency wishes to remind societies of the critical role nurses and midwives play in keeping the world healthy.

To know more about World Health Day 2020:

World Health Day 2020 is also the occasion for WHO to launch the first ever State of the World’s Nursing Report. The report provides a global picture of the nursing workforce and supports evidence-based planning to optimize the contributions of this workforce to improve health and wellbeing for all. The report sets the agenda for data collection, policy dialogue, research and advocacy, and investment in the health workforce for generations to come, in order to achieve Universal Health Coverage.

To read the report:

France joins WHO in supporting the essential work of nurses and midwives

Midwives and nurses, along with other medical staff, are at the forefront of COVID-19 response. On World Health Day, France joins WHO in recognizing their essential role in the fight against the pandemic and their bravery. France thanks them, as the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron did on 25 March 2020 in Mulhouse. In an address to the nation, he paid tribute to the men and women mobilized to protect the French people from COVID-19: "In this war, all of our health workers are at the forefront […] With exceptional courage, they are facing up to things. They are saving lives. They are doing everything in their power. We will be there to do what we owe them, beyond our recognition and respect."

To know more about Covid-19:

- The website of the World Health Organization (WHO), in particular "Your questions answered" and "Mythbusters":

- Country and technical guidance (WHO):

Last updated on: 7 April 2020