WHO announces theme for World Health Day 2016 (13 November 2015)

7 April is celebrated as World Health Day each year.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced the theme for World Health Day 2016.

According to a press release, World Health Day 2016 will focus on Diabetes.

Key Messages

Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas either do not produce enough insulin, or the body is unable to effectively use the insulin produced.

In 2012, the disease was the direct cause of some 1.5 million deaths, with more than 80% of those occurring in low- and middle-income countries.

WHO projects that diabetes will be the 7th leading cause of death by 2030.

Goal of World Health Day 2016: Scale up prevention, strengthen care, and enhance surveillance of diabetes

“The main goals of the World Health Day 2016 campaign will be to:

  • Increase awareness about the rise in diabetes, and its staggering burden and consequences, in particular in low-and middle-income countries;
  • Trigger a set of specific, effective and affordable actions to tackle diabetes. These will include steps to prevent diabetes and diagnose, treat and care for people with diabetes; and
  • Launch the first Global report on diabetes, which will describe the burden and consequences of diabetes and advocate for stronger health systems to ensure improved surveillance, enhanced prevention, and more effective management of diabetes.”


Useful Links:

Link to the World Health Day 2016 page:


Link to the fact sheet on Diabetes (updated January 2015):


Link to the WHO Global Strategy on Diet, Physical activity and Health:


Link to the Global Status Report on Non-Communicable Diseases 2014:


Link to WHO’s online Question & Answer page on the risks of diabetes in children:


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