Somalia | Events | World Health Day, 7 April 2012

World Health Day, 7 April 2012

Print PDF

World Health Day is celebrated globally on 7 April to mark the founding of the World Health Organization and to raise awareness every year of a key global health issue.

This year the theme is "Ageing and health". With the number of older people worldwide rapidly increasing, it is expected that older people will represent 22% of the global population (about 2 billion) by the year 2050. A large number of people will live to see their grandchildren grow up.

This phenomenon, positive as it is, poses many challenges for individuals, communities and policy-makers. The challenge is working together to create age-friendly environments for older people all over the world.

Related links

World Health Day

World Health Day 2012


Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s)12 316
Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) 732
Total life expectancy at birth (years) 55.4

Source: Framework for health information systems and core indicators for monitoring health situation and health system performance, 2018

See Somalia country profile

Regional Health Observatory

Contact us

WHO Representative
WHO Liaison Office for Somalia in Nairobi
PO Box 63565