World Health Day is celebrated every April 7 to commemorate the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948. The 2009 approach focuses on the need to make hospitals and health facilities safe. to disasters and other emergencies. This booklet provides key data on the feasibility and urgency of building hospitals and health centers safe from disasters, and gives suggestions for individual and organizational action. We hope you use this information to increase awareness and to mobilize support for safe hospitals in 2009 and beyond.