Events

World Obesity Day

Date: 11/10/2020
Time: 08:00 - 18:00
Location: Across Africa. Check with our national offices

Overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health. A crude population measure of obesity is the body mass index (BMI), a person’s weight (in kilograms) divided by the square of his or her height (in metres). A person with a BMI of 30 or more is generally considered obese. A person with a BMI equal to or more than 25 is considered overweight.

Overweight and obesity are major risk factors for a number of chronic diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Once considered a problem only in high income countries, overweight and obesity are now dramatically on the rise in low- and middle-income countries, particularly in urban settings.

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World Food Day

Date: 16/10/2020
Time: 08:00 - 18:00
Location: Across Africa. Check with our national offices

Food safety and Nutrition are inextricably linked, particularly in places where food supplies are insecure. When food becomes scarce, hygiene, safety and nutrition are often ignored as people shift to less nutritious diets and consume more 'unsafe foods' — in which chemical, microbiological, zoonotic and other hazards pose a health risk.

AHO works to promote the availability of safe, healthy and wholesome food for everyone to improve food and nutrition security. AHO strongly promotes the integration of food safety into nutrition and food security programmes.

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World Polio Day

Date: 24/10/2020
Time: 08:00 - 18:00
Location: Across Africa. Check with our national offices

Poliomyelitis (polio) is a highly infectious viral disease that largely affects children under 5 years of age. The virus is transmitted by person-to-person spread mainly through the faecal-oral route or, less frequently, by a common vehicle (e.g. contaminated water or food) and multiplies in the intestine, from where it can invade the nervous system and cause paralysis.

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Africa Polio Week

Date: 24/10/2020 - 31/10/2020
Time: 08:00 - 18:00
Location: Across Africa. Check with our national offices

Poliomyelitis (polio) is a highly infectious viral disease that largely affects children under 5 years of age. The virus is transmitted by person-to-person spread mainly through the faecal-oral route or, less frequently, by a common vehicle (e.g. contaminated water or food) and multiplies in the intestine, from where it can invade the nervous system and cause paralysis.

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World Radiology Day

Date: 08/11/2020
Time: 08:00 - 18:00
Location: Across Africa. Check with our national offices

Imaging for medical purposes involves a team which includes the service of radiologists, radiographers (X-ray technologists), sonographers (ultrasound technologists), medical physicists, nurses, biomedical engineers, and other support staff working together to optimize the wellbeing of patients, one at a time. Appropriate use of medical imaging requires a multidisciplinary approach.

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World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

Date: 17/11/2020
Time: 08:00 - 18:00
Location: Across Africa. Check with our national offices

Every year the lives of approximately 1.35 million people are cut short as a result of a road traffic crash. Between 20 and 50 million more people suffer non-fatal injuries, with many incurring a disability as a result of their injury.

Road traffic injuries cause considerable economic losses to individuals, their families, and to nations as a whole. These losses arise from the cost of treatment as well as lost productivity for those killed or disabled by their injuries, and for family members who need to take time off work or school to care for the injured. Road traffic crashes cost most countries 3% of their gross domestic product.

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World Antibiotic Awareness Week

Date: 18/11/2020 - 24/11/2020
Time: 08:00 - 18:00
Location: Across Africa. Check with our national offices

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) threatens the effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi.

Antimicrobial resistance happens when microorganisms (such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites) change when they are exposed to antimicrobial drugs (such as antibiotics, antifungals, antivirals, antimalarials, and anthelmintics). Microorganisms that develop antimicrobial resistance are sometimes referred to as “superbugs”.

As a result, the medicines become ineffective and infections persist in the body, increasing the risk of spread to others.

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International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women

Date: 25/11/2020
Time: 08:00 - 18:00
Location: Across Africa. Check with our national offices

The United Nations defines violence against women as "any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual, or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life." (United Nations. Declaration on the elimination of violence against women. New York : UN, 1993.)

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Africa AIDS Week

Date: 01/12/2020 - 08/12/2020
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Across Africa. Check with your AHO local office

Africa AIDS Week is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease in Africa. Government and health officials, non-governmental organizations and individuals around Africa observe the week, often with education on AIDS prevention and control.

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World AIDS Day

Date: 01/12/2020
Time: 08:00 - 18:00
Location: Across Africa. Check with our national offices

World AIDS Day, designated on December 1 every year since 1988, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection, and mourning those who have died of the disease. Government and health officials, non-governmental organizations and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education on AIDS prevention and control.

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