Updated on 29 March 2016
Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director, South-East Asia
World Health Day this year focuses on diabetes and calls for scaling up efforts to prevent, care for and detect the disease to arrest the global epidemic which is hitting the low and middle income countries the most.
It celebrated on 7 April every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948.
Each year a theme is selected that highlights a priority area of public health.
The Day provides an opportunity for individuals in every community to get involved in activities that can lead to better health.
WHO is focusing global attention on diabetes on World Health Day 2016, with the focus in the region on prevent, treat and beat diabetes.