World Health Days

One of the objectives of the European Pain Federation EFIC is to advance the understanding and knowledge of pain mechanisms, pain characteristics, diagnosis of pain conditions, the impact of pain on the individual and on society, and the management of pain. EFIC hopes to achieve this objective through raising awareness of the importance of pain, including its management, treatment and prevention, amongst patients and the general public and campaigning to improve policies that affect pain and to increase funding for pain in public research programs.

World Health Days are meant to call the attention of the public on important health issues. For many of them, readers can find important resources pertaining to pain management and pain research below.

World Sleep Day is an annual event organized by the World Sleep Society. The day is designed to raise awareness of sleep as a human privilege that is often compromised by the habits of modern life. The theme of the 2021 Day is Regular Sleep, Healthy Future.

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World Brain Day was established by the World Federation of Neurology in 2014. The Day aims to increase public awareness and promote advocacy related to brain health.

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World Obesity Day takes place annually on 4 March. It is organised by the World Obesity Federation, a non-profit body which is in official relations with the World Health Organisation and is a collaborating body on the Lancet Commission on Obesity.

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The aim of the day is to raise awareness of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) all over the world.

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World Cancer Day is an annual campaign by the Union for International Cancer Control. It was created on 4 February 2000 to help unite the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden, and advocate for equal access to life-saving cancer diagnosis, treatment and care.

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In 1992, the World Federation for Mental Health established World Mental Health Day to bring attention to mental illness and its major effects on peoples’ lives worldwide, through promoting mental health education, awareness and advocacy against stigma.

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