WHO…World Heath Organisation
A bit of trivia information for you today…
Google was my friend today taking me to Wikipedia, every man’s fount of knowledge and easy to understand. There I just learnt that on April 7 every year W.H.O. celebrates “world health day”. This commenced in 1950 being the year before I was born….and THAT makes me feel old!
Each year a different topic is discussed with Vector Borne Diseases being chosen for this year.
Vector-borne diseases” are infectious agents such as viruses, bacteria and parasites that living creatures carry and pass on to other living creatures…..cited by the British Columbia Ministry of Health.
What is a vector? Well a common one is the humble mosquito. Not very humble though as there a many varieties of mosquito in different parts of the world which cause a multitude of illnesses. I suppose the most commonly known one is Malaria which is the scourge of the tropic as also is Dengue fever….A friend of ours travelling in the Philippines contracted this and was very ill and still suffers at times some of its effects.
Another is the Varroa mite which attacks healthy bees and causes hive collapse due to weakened bees, with devastating effect. Google the word to find out more.
This attack on bees has the potential to have massive effects on food production. Little hard-working bees which we see every day in our gardens, amongst the herbs, on flowering trees, on our Australian native trees, the eucalyptus gum trees. All over the world. They are the backbone of our ecology, the food bowls…..besides providing that golden honey.
How can we encourage bees into our gardens? Plant flowering herbs or companion plants in amongst our established garden….
and watch that little bee next time. Pause a moment to observe it and give thanks….and in so doing we feed and refresh our inner being.
…..this short post was sparked when I was cleaning out my emails late last night. There was one advertising world health day, so I had to check it out, and as they say the rest is history.
Short and sweet today.
Breathe and observe.
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Thank you so much for highlighting World Health Day and the critical importance that bees make in the survival of the human species
Thanks for visiting …yes bees are the life blood. I watch them everyday out my kitchen door as they visit my lavender hedge.
Great job you do there in your caring work of home visits . It takes a special kind of person. I worked with intellectually disabled clients for some years and feel privileged that I was able to give something back to the community…it taught me a lot.
Great photo you took of the bees with the basil flowers.
Thank you bees!
Thanks for your visit again Heather…yes we do tend to take the bees for granted . It’s only since I’ve had a new lavender hedge and now flowering right outside my kitchen door that I’m more conscious of them and among my basil…love those aromas
I had no idea that there was a world health day. I did however know about the importance of bees and the dangers we face if there were to be no bees. Thanks for sharing this interesting read.
Leaving some fairy wishes and butterfly kisses from #teamIBOT
Thank you for visiting. Been out your way too amongst the fairies and butterflies…will be back more. I too had no idea about World Health Day until the day was nearly over. I suppose better late than never AND I learnt a lot.
I love bees for honey, and pollinating flowers but had no idea they had so many other benefits. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for coming by and sharing your thoughts. I’ve been a visiting out your way too Wendy.
I never thought to be thankful for bees! I used to just be terrified of them. Not so much now. They don’t seem to seek you out like wasps do; they freak me out!