If you’re a PH aficionado, you would know that World Day has come and passed with April 7th. Still, WHO has been preparing for a while and they did have an important theme in mind for this year: high blood pressure. There have been posters around the HQs asking (presumably the employees, interns, external visitors…) if they were “Under pressure?”. And, although I tried making light of it saying that employees are for sure “under pressure” due to the working environment (with what, I confess, was a slightly arrogant lack of concern for such an issue given to me by just my youth), I did realize that this is no joking matter. In fact, while watching this short video, and browsing the newly-released “A global brief on hypertension”, I realized that at least one of the risk factors for high blood pressure apply to me personally.
I learned this slightly uncomfortable, but useful lesson, last week, during an event dedicated to World Health Day. During the event, WHO Director-General, Dr. Margaret Chan, shared her “numbers”, and urged us all to check our blood pressure in the WHO lobby. Not before inviting us to join her in singing Happy Birthday to WHO! That’s an experience I honestly never thought I would have!