Health awareness months, weeks and dates continue to be used as tools to draw attention to medical issues plaguing populations globally.
Educational and fundraising events are often held at these times to create a ripple effect of positivity and empowerment for not only those living with health conditions, but their loved ones and caregivers as well.
While October and December are synonymous with Breast Cancer Awareness month and World AIDS Day, other months in the calendar also have dedicated days to highlight health issues.
The following report will help you keep track of awareness campaigns in the month of January.
The United States Congress, World Health Organization and other international health agencies designated January as an awareness month for a number of health conditions.
This is to facilitate enlightening and fundraising initiatives to lessen the burden on those suffering from various ailments.
Health agencies and stakeholders also host events aimed at sensitizing global communities.
For instance, the United States Congress designated January as Cervical Health Awareness Month. During this month, experts highlight issues related to cervical cancer, HPV disease and the importance of early diagnosis.
Experts believe the disease is preventable with vaccination and appropriate screening.
Did you also know that January is an awareness month for National Birth Defects Prevention initiatives? This year’s theme is “Best for You. Best for Baby.”
Medics say though not all birth defects can be prevented, you can increase your chances of having a healthy baby by doing what you can to be your healthiest self both before and during pregnancy.
The first month of the year is also awareness month for glaucoma, a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve, the health of which is vital for good vision.
This damage is often caused by an abnormally high pressure in your eye. It can occur at any age but is more common in older adults. During this month health experts also educate masses about Thyroid diseases.
Thyroid disorders can range from a small, harmless goiter (enlarged gland) that needs no treatment to life-threatening cancer.
The most common thyroid problems involve abnormal production of thyroid hormones. Most thyroid problems can be managed well if properly diagnosed and treated.
January 7th to 13th is The National Folic Acid Awareness Week, while between 22nd and 27th the world commemorates National Drug and Alcohol Facts week.