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World Health Day: good health adds life to years

Thursday, 05 April 2012

World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April, to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization. The theme for 2012 is ‘Ageing and Health – good health adds life to years.’

Fostering good health in older age is central to the global response to population ageing. The impact of non-communicable diseases (NCD), including heart disease, stroke, visual impairment, hearing loss and dementia, is the greatest global health challenge for older people.

At the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, our Centre for Global Non-communicable Disease launches on April 25. The Centre will act as a reference for people involved in NCD research both inside and outside of the School by sharing and disseminating information, knowledge and expertise, and developing new research and policy initiatives. The Centre will take a global approach, aiming to promote collaboration and communication between researchers in low, middle and high-income countries.

Watch the Good Health at Low Cost Ethiopia videoAlso coinciding with World Health Day 2012, our Good Health at Low Cost project has released a new video. Featuring Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Minister of Health for Ethiopia and one of the School’s most distinguished alumni, this short film demonstrates how Ethiopia is following a successful model of health improvement with intersectoral action – linking health to progress in other sectors – at the heart of their strategy.

Professor Peter Piot, Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said: “Ethiopia is translating national ownership into practice, and greatly increasing training of physicians alongside the deployment of thousands of health extension workers.”

The London International Development Centre have published a new podcast for World Health Day 2012. Featuring Steve Lindsay, Professor of Public Health Entomology at the School, discussion focuses on ‘One Health and why it matters.

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