World Health Day

4/04/2011

WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

 

world healthWorld Health Day 2011 aims to combat antimicrobial resistance. This is when the microorganisms that make us sick get so used to antibiotics that they are no longer beaten by it.

We live in a time where everyone relies on antibiotics to treat what were once fatal diseases. However, these days antibiotics can be relied on a bit too much, causing certain medicines to become ineffective meaning future generations may not be able to fight these conditions as strongly as we can now.

On April 7th 2011, WHO will call on governments and relevant stakeholders to implement a six-point policy package to combat the spread of these highly resistant microorganisms.


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