The month of March 2018 celebrates and observes nine noted significant days including a public holiday. Each day is observed for its different cause and message. UniMedia Pro sees the importance to continuously raise the appropriate awareness on the debates and campaigns around the various matters affecting our health, wellbeing and society at large.
The 3 March was World Hearing Day and was celebrated around the theme of; ‘Hear the future…..and prepare for it.’ The key messages as set out by the World Health Organization for this day:
- The expected rise in prevalence of hearing loss globally over the coming years
- Efforts required to stem the rise through preventative action
- The need to ensure that people with hearing loss have access to the required rehabilitation services and the appropriate communication tools.
7-16 March Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination first round – a national drive at schools by government to ensure that this vaccine is being given to learners. This vaccine is preventative against certain cancers as the HPV is a very common virus.
8 March International Women’s Day – A year long campaign but with the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away, this is the time to focus and motivate. The theme #PressforProgress and with global activism for women’s equality fuelled by movements like #MeToo and #timesUp, we are experiencing a strong global momentum. We see this consciousness relate to uniting friends, colleagues and communities to think, act and to be more gender inclusive.
World Kidney Day 8 March themed kidneys and women’s health: include, value, empower.
A global awareness campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of our kidneys to our overall health and at reducing the frequency and impact of kidney related diseases.
World Glaucoma Week 12-18 – This campaign contributes to the elimination of glaucoma blindness by alerting people to have regular eye checks, including optic nerve checks, the theme this year is Green = go get your eyes tested for Glaucoma: Save your Sight!
World Salt Awareness Week 12 – 18 March – WASH (world action on salt and health) is running their 11th campaign on the amount of salt we are eating. Their stats show we are all eating too much salt and their educational material shows 5 ways to 5 grams on how to reduce our salt intake. Did you know that too much salt raises our blood pressure and increases our risk of strokes, heart attacks and heart disease?
20 March World Head Injury Awareness – this campaign looks at the number of people who suffer from a mild bump on their head to sever brain injury. The purpose of this day is to remind us of how we could reduce accidents and brain injuries. It advocates for the correct use of safety gadgets such as seat belts and helmets.
21 Human Rights Day – one of SA’s most important holidays. On March 21, 1960 a large group of South Africans gathered in the township of Sharpeville to protest against the oppressive apartheid government at the time. Human Rights Day is both a celebration of the rights of all citizens and a solemn remembrance of the suffering and sacrifice necessary to secure them. Today the SA Bill of Rights ensures the right to human dignity, equality and freedom for all its citizens.
World Down Syndrome Day 24 March – ON this day people with Down syndrome and those who live and work with them organize and participate in activities and events to raise public awareness and to create a voice for advocating for their rights to inclusion and wellbeing.
World TB Day 24 March – This day is designed to build public awareness and that TB remains an epidemic causing the deaths of nearly one and a half million people each year. The theme for this year is “unite to end TB”. World TB day is an occasion to mobilize political and social commitment for further progress towards eliminating TB as a public health burden.