World Health Day is celebrated each year on April 7 around the world. The day marks the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) and aims to draw attention to important health issues facing the world each year.
In conjunction with the WHO's announcement of Year of the Nurse, World Health Day shines a light on the vital role played by nurses in providing healthcare around the world and calls for a strengthening of the nursing workforce.
It is imperative to highlight the role nurses play in keeping the world healthy.
Nurses and other health care professionals are on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis and are providing superior care each and every day. Without nurses, there would be no response. That is why World Health Day is more important than ever---we need to ensure our health care workforce is strong enough to ensure everyone gets the health care they need.
Ways you can help healthcare professionals on World Health Day:
- Donate Money
- CDC Foundation: Supports the critical health protection work of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is raising emergency response funds to enable the CDC to respond to COVID-19. Donate here.
- Center for Disaster Philanthropy COVID-19 Response Fund: Supports nonprofit organizations working in areas identified as having high numbers of affected individuals and those working with the most vulnerable populations. One area of emphasis includes helping healthcare workers with purchases of masks, gowns, gloves and other protective equipment. Donate here.
- Direct Relief: The organization is delivering protective masks, exam gloves and isolation gowns to healthcare organizations (U.S. and internationally) in areas with confirmed COVID-19 cases. Donate here.
- Team Rubicon: Recruits military veterans to help people recover from disasters. During the COVID-19 crisis, the organization is helping local, state and federal partners deliver food, water and shelter, run testing sites, and more. Donate here.
- GlobalGiving has launched a coronavirus relief fund. Donations go toward medical supplies, delivering essential items to struggling families and older individuals in quarantined cities, feeding children that rely on school meals and more. Donate here.
- Donate Supplies
- Request, Give or Make PPE here.
- Donate Blood
- American Red Cross: Since blood drives are now cancelled, healthy individuals are needed for blood donations now more than ever. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS to find a local donation site or make an appointment here.
- Americaâ€™s Blood Centers: Find and donate to independent blood centers across the country here.
- Donate Your Time
- Offer to help with childcare and their pets while theyâ€™re navigating a busier-than-ever schedule
- Call and check-in with a friend or loved one who is working the frontlines.
- Listen To Their Advice
- Continue to properly wash your hands to help flatten the curve.
- Give Thanks
- Thank a nurse! A simple thanks goes a long way to show appreciation towards their dedicated efforts to keep us healthy. You can also leave a comment below to thank nurses and tell us a story about how a nurse has impacted you.
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