World Health Day

Tackling Mental Illness In The World's Toughest Places

Megan Radford | Posted 04.06.2017 | Canada Impact
Megan Radford

Mental illness takes a significant toll on your ability to function in any job. When you're a single mom and have the added pressure of being the sole breadwinner, depression, anxiety and PTSD can cripple your ability to cope.

It's Time to Get Men Talking About Depression

Joshua R Beharry | Posted 04.06.2017 | Canada Living
Joshua R Beharry

Eight years ago, I didn't know much about depression. Seven years ago, I wanted nothing more than to escape it's pain, and I tried to take my own life. The worse part is, my story is not unique. I, like many men, found depression too hard to talk about. When I began to realize something more serious was going on with my health, I was too ashamed to admit I needed help. All over the world, boys learn that men don't cry, that men don't ask for help, and that real men don't need help anyway.

Poverty Creates A Vicious Cycle Of Food Insecurity And Poor Health

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 04.09.2017 | Canada Living
Ontario Association of Food Banks

The Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) reports that rates of diabetes are disproportionately higher among low-income individuals and First Nations people, two demographics that also face high rates of food insecurity. It's easy to tell someone to "just eat healthier," but it is a lot more difficult to actually put into practice, especially if you can't afford it.

World Health Day: Recommit To Improving The Lives Of Children

David Morley | Posted 04.08.2017 | Canada Impact
David Morley

Few things matter more to a community, to a country, to a global society, than a child's health. Healthy children grow up to become healthy adults -- people who can create and contribute to the public good. Indeed, improving the health of a child is one of the greatest investments any society can make towards bettering its future.

Let's Dare To Dream Of A World Of Healthy Children

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 04.07.2017 | Canada Parents
Debbie Wolfe

I was fortunate to have a happy, healthy childhood. I had nutritious food, a comfortable home, and an endless supply of clean water. But on World Health Day April 7, I think of children whose experiences couldn't be more different than mine.

Caretaking Tips For Seniors With Diabetes

Optimum Care | Posted 04.06.2017 | Canada Living
Optimum Care

Caring for seniors with diabetes comes with unique challenges. While many seniors may have been managing their diabetes on their own for quite some time, they often require more help as they age. And while managing diabetes can be tough, it's definitely not impossible. If you do your homework, take the time to understand the disease, and remain diligent, you can help your loved ones stay happy and healthy with or without diabetes. Here are some tips to get you started.

Look Beyond Your Own Fridge on World Health Day

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 06.07.2015 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

On World Health Day, I feel especially protective of the millions of children around the world whose circumstances force them to consume food and water that puts their health and lives at risk. I see that the World Health Organization has picked "Food Safety" as this year's theme for the day, and can understand why.

In Canada, We Have the Strategy and the Tools to End AIDS

Dr. Julio Montaner | Posted 06.06.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dr. Julio Montaner

Once the worse affected province, B.C.'s HIV burden today is way below the Canadian average. In Canada, we can lead the way forward towards ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic, but a federal level commitment is sorely lacking.

Inequality in Health and Life Expectancy Is Growing Between Nations

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 06.05.2015 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Canada was generally lauded for its universal healthcare system but also faulted for its high costs as well as timeliness and efficiency of care. High marks were given to Australia for quality and cost efficiency. To turn things around, WHO experts recommend that policymakers in the respective healthcare systems combat first today's fastest spreading health threats.

Saving the World's "Invisible" Mothers and Babies

World Vision | Posted 06.07.2014 | Canada Impact
World Vision

On World Health Day, it's hard to consider the loneliness, pain and fear that many of the world's mothers endure during pregnancy and childbirth. For millions, this season of new life can be darkened with questions like "Will I come out of this alive? Will my baby survive? If so, for how long?" The reality is heartbreakingly clear: nearly half of all deaths in children under five take place in the first month of life.

Winning the Global Lottery

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 06.06.2013 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

It's not often that you think of children in Ethiopia as "privileged." Yet on the eve of World Health Day this Sunday, girls and boys in Ethiopia are among the developing world's most fortunate. Here's what World Vision is urging the Canadian government to do.

This World Health Day Bring the Right Message at the Right Time

Marion Roche | Posted 06.05.2013 | Canada Impact
Marion Roche

April 7 is World Health Day, a celebration of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO). Sometimes in our day-to-day public health work, the way we deliver messages can create more obstacles than we realize. Changing behaviour does not come easily to anyone and a behaviour change project requires great insight into people's lives to understand the barriers to change.