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world health days

Every year, global public health awareness days spotlight the significance of well-being and a healthy lifestyle. Various organisations and communities globally champion these days, each centring on specific health concerns. The World Health Organization (WHO) and The United Nations encourage everyone – from individuals to global communities – to engage in these days, sharing authentic scientific information on pertinent health matters.

International Health Days serve as crucial markers, drawing public attention to pressing health issues, often accompanied by valuable scientific resources.

We will outline the critical health awareness days observed globally and in India for 2023. This guide aims to be a resource for our readers.

List of World Health Days in 2023

January

February

  • February 04 – World Cancer Day
  • February 09 – Toothache Day
  • Every 2nd Monday of February – International Epilepsy Day
  • February 13 – International Condom Day
  • February 28 – Rare Disease Day

March

April

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month
  • Stress Awareness Month
  • International Cesarean Awareness Month
  • Testicular Cancer Awareness Month
  • Rosacea Awareness Month
  • April 02 – World Autism Awareness Day
  • April 06 – World Physical Activity Day
  • April 07 – Word Health Day
  • April 11 – World Parkinson’s Disease Day
  • April 14 – World Chagas Disease Day
  • April 17 – World Hemophilia Day
  • April 19 – World Liver Day
  • April 19 – World Irritable Bowel Syndrome Day
  • April 25 – DNA Day
  • April 25 – World Malaria Day
  • April 28 – World Day for Safety and Health at Work
  • April 22 to 29 – World Primary Immunodeficiency Week
  • April 24 to 30 – World Immunization Week

May

  • Celiac Disease Awareness Month
  • Skin Cancer Awareness Month
  • Bladder Cancer Awareness Month
  • May 02 – World Asthma Day
  • May 05 – World Hand Hygiene Day
  • May 06 –  World Ankylosing Spondylitis Day
  • May 06 – International No Diet Day
  • May 08 – World Thalassaemia Day
  • May 08 – World Ovarian Cancer Day
  • May 10 – World Lupus Day
  • May 12 – Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Day
  • May 12 – International Nurses Day
  • May 15 to 21 – Salt Awareness Week
  • May 17 – World Hypertension Day
  • May 18 – World AIDS Vaccine Day
  • May 19 – World Inflammatory Bowel Disease Day
  • May 20 – World Bee Day
  • May 22 – World Preeclampsia Day
  • May 25 – World Thyroid Day
  • May 28 – World Blood Cancer Day
  • May 29 – World Digestive Health Day (WDHD)
  • May 30 – World Multiple Sclerosis Day
  • May 31 – World No Tobacco Day

June

  • Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month
  • June 05 – World Environment Day
  • June 08 – World Brain Tumor Day
  • June 13 – International Albinism Awareness Day
  • June 14 – World Blood Donor Day
  • June 15 – World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
  • June 15 – ASEAN Dengue Day
  • June 15 – World Kidney Cancer Day
  • June 18 – Autistic Pride Day
  • June 19 – World Sickle Cell Day
  • June 21 – International Day of Yoga
  • June 24 –  International Scoliosis Awareness Day
  • June 25 – World Vitiligo Day
  • June 26 – International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
  • June 27 – World PTSD Day
  • June 12 to 18 – International Men’s Health Week
  • June 18 to 24 – World Allergy Week
  • June 19 to 23 – World Continence Week

July

  • Sarcoma or Bone Cancer Awareness Month
  • July 01 – National Doctors Day (Indonesia)
  • July 11 – World Population Day
  • July 22 – World Brain Day / International Brain Day
  • July 23 – World Sjogren’s Day
  • July 24 – International Self-care Day
  • July 25 – World IVF Day
  • July 28 – World Hepatitis Day / World Liver Day

August

  • August 01 – Singapore Nurse’s Day
  • August 01 – World Lung Cancer Day
  • August 01 to 07 – World Breast Feeding Week
  • August 13 – World Organ Donation Day

September

  • Blood Cancer Awareness Month
  • Vascular Disease Awareness Month
  • Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
  • Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
  • September 04 – World Sexual Health Day
  • September 08 – World Physical Therapy Day
  • September 09 – World First Aid Day
  • September 10 – World Suicide Prevention Day
  • September 15 – World Lymphoma Awareness Day
  • September 17 – World Patient Safety Day
  • September 21 – World Alzheimer’s Day
  •  September 28 – World Rabies Day
  • September 29 – World Heart Day

October

  • Breast Cancer Day Awareness Month
  • October 01 – International Day for Olders Persons / World Elders Day
  • October 03 – Virus Appreciation Day
  • October 10 – World Mental Health Day
  • October 12 – World Arthritis Day
  • October 12 – World Sight Day
  • October 15 – Global Handwashing Day
  • October 16 – World Restart a Heart Day
  • October 16 – World Food Day
  • October 16 – World Anaesthesia Day
  • October 16 – World Spine Day
  • October 17 – World Trauma Day
  • October 20 – World Osteoporosis Day
  • October 22 – International Stuttering Awareness Day
  • October 29 – World Stroke Day

November

  • Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month
  • Stomach Cancer Awareness Month
  • Prostate Cancer Awareness Month / Prostate Health Month
  • November 12 – World Pneumonia Day
  • November 14 – World Diabetes Day
  • November 14 – Children’s Day
  • November 16 – World COPD Day
  • November 17 – World Prematurity Day
  • November 17 – World Pancreatic Cancer Day
  • November 19 – International Men’s Day
  • November 20 – World Children’s Day
  • Every 3rd Sunday of November –  World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
  • November 18 to 24 – World Antimicrobal Awareness Week
  • November 18 to 24 – World Antibiotics Awareness Month

December

  • Constipation Awareness Month
  • December 01 – World AIDS Day
  • December 03 – International Day of Persons with Disabilities / World Disabled Day
  • December 12 – International Universal Health Coverage Day