World Health Day 2012

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World Health Day 2012 was celebrated in the Islamic Republic of Iran in a week-long celebration from 6 April to 12 April, under the theme of “good health adds life to years”. Each day focused on a particular issue in relation to older people and the health of older people: sport and spiritual health; public education; disasters' age-friendly cities; health and intersectoral collaboration; disease prevention; and social respect.

World Health Day activities enlisted the involvement of schools, universities, health centres, stakeholders and partners. Activities included sports, bell ringing, the dissemination of health messages, training programmes, cultural and fun activities and special televised broadcasts.

World Health Day was celebrated on 10 April in Iran University of Medical Sciences. The opening ceremony was attended by H. E. Dr Rahimi, the First Vice President, H. E. Dr Vahid Dastjerdi, the Minister for Health and Medical Education, members of the parliament’s health commission, Chancellors of universities of medical sciences, journalists, media representatives, representatives of diplomatic missions and UN agencies, artists, athletes and pioneers in health care.

The ceremony focused on the health of older people and the eight winners of the World Health Day art competition were presented with their prizes. A presentation of the winning work was projected during the ceremony and H.E. Dr Dastjerdi, the Minister for Health and Medical Education, in her address expressed the Ministry’s future plans for increasing health services and facilities, reducing cardiovascular diseases, leishmaniasis, sugar and salt consumption and eradicating malaria.

The Iranian celebrity, Mr Davood Rashidi, who was nominated by WHO for a “good health” stamp, was presented with a framed poster of his own and an appreciation note from the Ministry of Health and Medical Education for adopting a healthy life, being active and contributing to the society. ns.