Calendar of World Health Awareness Observances

Promote Health Awareness

After hours of internet surfing, I have gathered and compiled a list of Health Awareness Observances (Days, Weeks and Months). While different regions and nations are having several observances in different time of the year, my objective was to create a list that would apply world-wide (international) and to the past and future years. You can help me by reporting a mistake or updating the list by commenting or contacting.

January

  • International Cervical Health Awareness Month
  • Thyroid Awareness Month
  • 4: World Braille Day
  • Last Sunday: World Leprosy Day

February

  • International Prenatal Infection Awareness Month
  • 4: World Cancer Day
  • 11: World Day of the Sick
  • 14: Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day
  • 15: International Childhood Cancer Day

March

  • Red Cross Month
  • World Glaucoma Awareness Month
  • Brain Injury Awareness Month
  • Week from 1st Monday: Endometriosis Awareness Week
  • 2nd Thursday: World Kidney Day
  • 2nd Week: World Glaucoma Week
  • 12: World Glaucoma Day
  • 3rd Wednesday: World Head Injury Awareness Day
  • 21: World Down Syndrome Day
  • 22: World Water Day
  • 24: World TB Day
  • 26: World Epilepsy Day (Purple Day)

April

  • Caesarean Awareness Month
  • International Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month
  • Parkinson’s Awareness Month
  • 2: World Autism Awareness Day
  • 7: World Health Day
  • 2nd Week: World Homeopathy Awareness Week
  • 11: World Parkinson’s Day
  • 17: World Hemophilia Day
  • 19: World Liver Day
  • 24: World Meningitis Day
  • 25: World Malaria Day
  • 28:  World Day for Safety and Health at Work

May

  • International Blood Pressure and Stroke Awareness Month
  • International Multiple Sclerosis Month
  • 1st Tuesday: World Asthma Day
  • 5: International Day of the Midwife
  • 8: World Red Cross Day
  • 8: World Thalassemia Day
  • 10: World Lupus Day
  • 10: World Move for Health Day
  • 12: World Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Day
  • 12: International Nurses Day
  • 12: International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day
  • 17: World Hypertension Day
  • 17: International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia
  • 18: HIV Vaccine Awareness Day
  • 20: World Autoimmune Arthritis Day
  • Last Wednesday: World Multiple Sclerosis Day
  • 28: International Women’s Health Day
  • 31: World No Tobacco Day

June

  • International Men’s Health Month
  • 1st Sunday: International Cancer Survivors Day
  • 8: International Tampon Alert Day
  • 8: World Brain Tumor Day
  • 14: World Blood Donor Day
  • 19: World Sickle Cell Day
  • 26: International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

July

  • International Group B Streptococcus Awareness Month
  • 28: World Hepatitis Day
  • 29: ORS Day

August

  • Psoriasis Awareness Month
  • 1-7: World Breastfeeding Week

September

  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month
  • Reye’s Syndrome Awareness Month
  • Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month
  • World Dementia Awareness Month
  • International Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
  • 9: International Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Day
  • 10: World Suicide Prevention Day
  • 12: World Oral Health Day
  • 15: World Lymphoma Day
  • 21: World Alzheimer’s Day
  • 25: International Ataxia Awareness Day
  • 26: World Contraception Day
  • 26: World Environmental Health Day
  • 28: World Rabies Day
  • Last Saturday: World Retina Day
  • Last Sunday: World Heart Day
  • Last full week: International Week of the Deaf

October

  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Rett Syndrome Awareness Month
  • SIDS Awareness Month
  • Blindness Awareness Month
  • 1: International Day for the Elderly
  • 10: World Mental Health Day
  • 2nd Thursday: World Sight Day
  • 2nd Saturday: World Hospice and Palliative care Day
  • 12: World Arthritis Day
  • 16: World Food Day
  • 16: World Spine Day
  • 17: World Trauma Day
  • 20: World Osteoporosis Day
  • 21: World Iodine Deficiency Disorder Day
  • 22: International Stuttering Awareness Day
  • 24: World Polio Day
  • 29: World Stroke Day
  • 29: World Psoriasis Day

November

  • Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
  • 8: World Radiography Day
  • 10: World Immunization Day
  • 12: World Pneumonia Day
  • 14: World Diabetes Day
  • 2nd or 3rd Wednesday: World COPD Day

December

  • 1: World AIDS day
  • 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities
  • 9: World Patient Safety Day

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