Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

International Level Crossing Awareness Day
June 22, 2010

The campaign video named “Just in Time” below, financed by the European Commission for Mobility and Transport, shows that a lot of people are still ignoring traffic signs and risking their lives.

The ILCAD is organized to make people understand the importance of obeying traffic rules and to discourage misbehaviour at and around level crossings, with the slogan “Act Safely at Level Crossings!”.

To know more about the activities organized today, check out The Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies website.

Act Safely at Level Crossings!

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World Refugee Day
June 20, 2010

World Refugee Day was set on this date by the UN General Assembly to coincide with Africa Refugee Day as an expression of solidarity with the continent which hosts the most refugees. This celebration aims to sensitize us of the situation of refugees throughout the world.

Campaign for World Refugee Day

For more information visit the UN Refugee Agency website.

Here is a video showing António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, explaining the current situation of refugees and encouraging us to support refugees through humanitarian organizations.

Angelina Jolie, goodwill ambassador of world refugee day, asks us not to forget about refugees who desperately need our help.

World Blood Donor Day
June 14, 2010

As it is stated on the World Blood Donor Day website, this celebration, organized each year by the International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations since 1995, is an opportunity to express gratitude to those who donate their blood in order to save lives, without expecting anything in return.

For more information visit the WBDD website: http://wbdd.org/index.php?id=1.

It can be easy to save a life.

World Brain Tumor Day – World Ocean Day
June 8, 2010

The commemoration, first initiated by the German Brain Tumor Association (the Deutsche Hirntumorhilfe e.V.) in the year 2000, is held each year to show support for the patients diagnosed with a brain tumor and remember the people who lost their lives because of it. We can show our solidarity today by wearing a gray ribbon. For more info on this disease, for example the fact that brain tumours are the most common solid tumours in children, visit the GBTA website: http://www.hirntumorhilfe.de/en/home/.

The gray ribbon

Today we also honor our planet’s oceans. They are essential because they regulate the climate, provide food and play an important role in international trade. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Our Oceans: Opportunities and Challenges”. An interesting website about this event is the World Ocean Network site: http://www.worldoceannetwork.org/EN/page-AGIR_ENSEMBLE-Journ__e_Mondiale_de_l_Oc__an-5-20.htm.

Oceans provide life underneath and above their surface.

World No Tobacco Day
May 31, 2010

WNTD, created by the World Health Organization, is celebrated each year to inform people on the dangers of smoking and the business practices of the tobacco industry. Today is meant to be a 24-hour period of total abstinence of all forms of tobacco consumption all over the world. This year’s theme is “Gender and tobacco with an emphasis on marketing to women”.

The smokers’ response is that it’s their right to smoke but they have to know that their behavior also affects non-smokers around them. For more info on the event visit the WHO website: http://www.who.int/tobacco/communications/events/wntd/en/.

If you want to try to quit smoking and need some help check out this useful Guide to Quitting Smoking: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/ped/content/ped_10_13x_guide_for_quitting_smoking.asp

European Neighbours’ Day, National Multiple Birth Awareness Day, World Play Day, Don’t Fry Day
May 28, 2010

On European Neighbours’ Day we are all encouraged to invite our neighbours for a drink, a BBQ or even just a chat and have a good time. This years it’s the 10th edition of the event as it was launched in Paris in 2000. Check out the website: http://www.european-neighbours-day.com/ for tips and pictures of previous editions.

In Canada it’s the National Multiple Birth Awareness Day today. The event was established in 2005, the birth year of the Dionne quintuplets, and is organized each year to help us understand the challenges that brings a multiple-birth to the new borns and their families. Fore more info, visit http://www.multiplebirthscanada.org/english/awareness.php.

World Play Day is also celebrated each year on this date to emphasize the importance of playing in children’s (and adults’ !) lives. Children learn to talk, make friends, exercise, … through play. Take a look at the WPD website: http://www.itla-toylibraries.org/wpdv.htm.

Playing is very important for children

And in the US the National Council for Skin Cancer Prevention organizes Don’t Fry Day to encourage us to protect our skin in the sun now that the summer is on its way. (http://www.skincancerprevention.org/Events/DontFryDay/tabid/113/Default.aspx)


World MS Day
May 26, 2010

Today a lot of activities are organized around the world to raise awareness of Multiple Sclerosis. This is a chronic disease that affects the central nervous system. Until today MS is still incurable.

For more information visit http://www.takingcontrolofmultiplesclerosis.org/.

World Hepatitis Day
May 19, 2010

This initiative aims to raise awareness of Hepatitis B and C and increase the political support for the disease.

This year’s theme is “This is Hepatitis…” because a lot of people still don’t know how bad those diseases can affect people’s lives. Approximately 500 million people around the world are currently infected with chronic hepatitis B or C and each year one million people die because of it.

Also visit http://www.worldhepatitisday.com for more information.

World Vaccine Day and International Museum Day
May 18, 2010

World Vaccine Day is organized each year on this date to raise awareness for AIDS vaccination, HIV prevention and research.

The theme of this year’s Museum Day is ‘Museums for social harmony’. For more information check out the International Council of Museums website: http://icom.museum/imd.html.

Louvre Museum in Paris

International Nurses Day
May 12, 2010

Today is a celebration of all the nurses around the world who take good care of us when we need it.

Thanks to them thousands of lives are saved every day.