International Day of Epidemic Preparedness is an important date that marks the fight against diseases and raises awareness of the need for preparedness. Had humanity been prepared for epidemics, many lives could have been saved. Join the celebration and spread its message!
In 2019, the world was shaken when the novel coronavirus was discovered in China. Even the most advanced healthcare systems were not ready for the influx of cases, and the virus exposed the lack of respirators, beds, protective equipment, and even whole hospitals. It was then that the International Day of Epidemic Preparedness was created to raise awareness of the need to be prepared for epidemics.
Here are some of the worst pandemics that have occurred throughout history:
- In 230 BC, a terrible plague spread during the war between Athens and Sparta. It is believed to have been typhoid, but there is no reliable evidence.
- In the 16th century, American smallpox spread from Europeans to the Native Americans.
- Cholera pandemics have been occurring since 1817, starting in India and spreading to Asia, North America, Europe, and Russia.
- The Spanish Flu was a global pandemic in 1918, affecting more than half a billion people.
How to take part
To take part in the International Day of Epidemic Preparedness, individuals can educate themselves and others about diseases and prevention measures by reading literature, watching documentaries, and attending events in their city. Additionally, individuals can access a variety of informative webinars online and share the materials with others.
When is International Day of Epidemic Preparedness celebrated in 2023?
International Day of Epidemic Preparedness is observed on December 27 each year.