World Health Day 2009 focuses on safe health facilities
WHO's theme for World Health Day 2009 is "Save lives. Make hospitals safe in emergencies", reinforcing the message of the World Disaster Reduction Campaign 'Hospitals safe from disasters', being led by UNISDR, WHO and the World Bank from 2008-2009.
On 7 April, many events will be organized around the world, with the global launch taking place in Beijing, China, with the WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan in attendance. WHO advocates for safe facility design and construction and for the continuation of health care during emergencies. It also urges strengthening of emergency preparedness capacities to save lives and improve global health.