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GLOBAL DAYS IN APRIL 2018

1ST APRIL - EASTER SUNDAY

Easter is a Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion. It marks the end of Lent. The last week of Lent is called Holy Week and contains Maundy or Holy Thursday, commemorating the Last Supper and Good Friday. Click here to visit our Easter pages and find out more.

1ST APRIL - APRIL FOOL'S DAY

The history of April Fools' Day or All Fools' Day is uncertain, but it is thought to have begun when the Gregorian calendar was introduced and New Year’s Day was moved to January 1st. Click here to read what people do, and read about some amazing tricks played on the general public by major organisations.

7TH APRIL - WORLD HEALTH DAY

World Health Day is celebrated each year on 7 April. In WHO’s 70th anniversary year, World Health Day will focus on “Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere” - ensuring that everyone, everywhere can access essential quality health services without facing financial hardship.

Making and sustaining progress towards UHC requires strong and sustained political commitment. Throughout this 70th anniversary year, WHO is calling on world leaders to live up to the pledges they made when they agreed the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 and to commit to concrete actions to advance #HealthForAll. Click here to visit the website and find out more.

22ND APRIL - EARTH DAY

Earth Day 2018’s campaign is End Plastic Pollution.

From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet.

In response, Earth Day 2018 is dedicated to providing the information and inspiration needed to fundamentally change human attitude and behaviour about plastics.

22ND APRIL - LONDON MARATHON

The Virgin Money London Marathon is the largest annual fundraising event on the planet – runners have raised more than £890 million for good causes since the race began in 1981.

The record time for a Marathon has decreased by more than half an hour over the last 100 years (currently just under 2 hours and 3 minutes). The current men's course record, and the 2nd fastest marathon time in history, is 2:03:05 set by Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge in 2016. Do you think someone will break the 2-hour barrier soon?

Do you know where the first marathon happened, or where it got its name? Click here to find out more on our Marathon page.

23RD APRIL - ST. GEORGE'S DAY

Did you know that St George’s Day is England’s national day? Who was St. George? What do people do? Click here to see our St. George's Day page to find out more.

25TH APRIL - ANZAC DAY

Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. Anzac Day was originally to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli during WWI.

Find a recipe for Anzac biscuits (and find out more about them) by clicking here.

25TH APRIL - WORLD MALARIA DAY

This year’s global theme for World Malaria Day is End Malaria for Good. In the lead-up to 25 April, WHO is shining a spotlight on prevention, a critical strategy for reducing the toll of a disease that continues to kill nearly half a million people each year.

Since 2000, malaria prevention has played an important role in reducing cases and deaths, mainy through the increased use of insecticide-treated nets and indoor spraying with insecticides.

Across sub-Saharan Africa, where the disease is heavily concentrated, a greater share of the population is sleeping under insecticide-treated nets. In 2015, an estimated 53% of the population at risk slept under a treated net compared to 30% in 2010. But the work must go on – in 2015 there were 212 million new cases of malaria and 429,000 deaths: one child dies from malaria every two minutes.

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