December health events and observances



calendarDecember is the season to be jolly especially in the second half of the month. It is thus understandable that we have very few health-related events and observances for this month. However, few though they are, they are nonetheless very important. Here is a list of events in December.

1 December 2009 is World AIDS Day
This year’s theme is “human rights and access to treatment.”

3 December 2009 is International Day of Persons with Disabilities
This year’s theme is “Making the MDGs Inclusive: empowerment of persons with disabilities and their communities around the world.”

1 to 31December 2009 is Safe Toys and Gifts Month
by Prevent Blindness America
www.preventblindness.org

1 to 7 December 2009 is National Aplastic Anemia and MDS Awareness Week
by Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation, Inc.

6 to 12 December 2009 is National Handwashing Awareness Week
by Henry the Hand Foundation
www.henrythehand.com/pages/content/hwaw.html

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  1. Take a moment this week – Dec 1-7 to learn more about bone marrow failure diseases including aplastic anemia and MDS. Consider making a year-end gift to help people fighting these life-threatening diseases. More than 15,000 people will be diagnosed in 2010, and more are living with these diseases while we pursue a cure. Thanks for your time and your help.

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