World health initiatives

This section provides details of world health initiatives and organisations that WCPT supports and has been involved in.

Bone & Joint Decade

Bone and Joint Decade aims to improve the health-related quality of life for people with musculoskeletal disorders throughout the world.  The decade aims to raise awareness and promote positive actions to combat the suffering and costs to society associated with musculoskeletal disorders such as joint diseases, osteoporosis, spinal disorders, severe trauma and deformities in children.

Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020

On 11 May 2011, the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011–2020 was launched. Mandated by the United Nations General Assembly, the Decade is an historic opportunity for countries to stop and reverse the trend which,  without action, would lead to the loss of around 1.9 million lives on the roads each year by 2020.

Disability at the United Nations

The United Nations Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is the focal point for matters relating to disability within the United Nations.

Disabled Peoples' International

Disabled Peoples' International is a network of national organisations or assemblies of disabled people, established to promote human rights of disabled people through full participation, equalisation of opportunity and development.

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria was created to dramatically increase resources to fight three of the world's most devastating diseases, and to direct those resources to areas of greatest needs.

Handicap International

Handicap International (HI) is an independent international aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster.

Working alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, HI raise awareness in order to respond to their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

Healthcare Information for All by 2015

HIFA2015 is a campaign and knowledge network whose goal is ‘by 2015, every person worldwide will have access to an informed healthcare provider’. More than 4000 members representing 1800 organisations in 157 countries through the email forums build the HIFA2015 knowledgebase, a picture of information needs and how to meet them. Better informed health professionals, carers and patients have the potential to prevent mortality. Membership of HIFA2015 is free.

Healthlink Worldwide

Healthlink Worldwide works in partnership with organisations in developing countries to improve the health and well-being of poor and vulnerable communities by strengthening the provision, use and impact of information.

International Campaign to Ban Landmines

The International Campaign to Ban Landmines is committed to an international ban on the use, production, stockpiling, and sale, transfer or export of antipersonnel landmines.

International Committee of the Red Cross

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an independent, neutral organisation ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of war and other situations of violence.

International Day of Disabled Persons

The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons, 3 December, aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilise support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.

International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims

The International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims is an independent, international health professional organisation that promotes and supports the rehabilitation of torture victims and the prevention of torture through nearly 200 rehabilitation centres and programmes around the world.

The International Society for Quality in Health Care

The International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) is a non-profit, independent organisation with members in over 70 countries.  ISQua works to provide services to guide health professionals, providers, researchers, agencies, policy makers and consumers, to achieve excellence in healthcare delivery to all people, and to continuously improve the quality and safety of care.

Rehabilitation International

Rehabilitation International (RI) is a global and diverse organisation bringing together expertise from different sectors in the disability field, advancing and implementing the rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities.

Tobacco Free Initiative

The World Health Organization provides information, organises conferences and runs an annual World No Tobacco Day as part of its Tobacco Free Initiative.

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day, 1 December, is one of the most recognised international health days and a key opportunity to raise further awareness in communities and across the world about the state of the pandemic, and critical next steps that must be taken to halt its spread.

World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse

In 2000 the Women's World Summit Foundation (WWSF) launched the World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse, a day to be commemorated every 19 November in synergy with the anniversary of the International Day for the Rights of the Child (20 November) which aims to be a rallying point around the issue of child abuse and the need for urgent effective prevention programs.

World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated every year on November 14. The World Diabetes Day campaign is led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and its member associations. It engages millions of people worldwide in diabetes advocacy and awareness.

World Health Day

Every year, World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April to mark the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948. Each year a theme is selected for World Health Day that highlights a priority area of concern for WHO.

World Health Day is a global campaign, inviting everyone – from global leaders to the public in all countries – to focus on a single health challenge with global impact. Focusing on new and emerging health issues, World Health Day provides an opportunity to start collective action to protect people's health and well-being.

World Heart Day

World Heart Day was created to inform people around the globe that heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading cause of death, claiming 17.2 million lives each year.  Together with its members, the World Heart Federation spreads the news that at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided if the main risk factors, tobacco, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, are controlled.

World Osteoporosis Day

World Osteoporosis Day is observed annually on 20 October.  It is dedicated to raising awareness of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis.