The World Heart Federation celebrates World Heart Day Annually On 28 September. The World Heart Federation (WHF) is a nongovernmental organization based in Geneva, Switzerland. The World Heart Federation is committed to uniting its members and leads the global fight against heart disease and stroke, with a focus on low-and middle-income countries. The World Heart Federation is the world’s only global body dedicated to leading the fight against heart disease and stroke via a united community of almost 200 member organizations that bring together the strength of medical societies and heart foundations, from more than 100 countries covering the regions of Asia-Pacific, Europe, East Mediterranean, the Americas and Africa.
Each year 17.3 million people die of cardiovascular disease, 80% in the developing world. The World Heart Federation exists to prevent and control these diseases through awareness campaigns and action, promoting the exchange of information, ideas and science among those involved in cardiovascular care, advocating for disease prevention and control by promoting healthy diets, physical activity and tobacco free living at an individual, community and policy maker level.
- 28 September is also Ask a Stupid Question Day (United States)
- Freedom from Hunger Day is also celebrated Annually on September 28.
- In addition 28 September is National Good Neighbor Day in the United States.
The International Right to Know Day was proposed on 28 September 2002 at a meeting of Freedom of information organisations from around the world in Sofia, Bulgaria,”in order to raise awareness about people’s right to access government information while promoting freedom of information as essential to both democracy and good governance”. Freedom of information organisations and advocates around the world have since marked the date with activities to celebrate and raise awareness of the right to information.