The World Health Report 2002: Reducing Risks, Promoting Healthy Life
World Health Organization, 2002 - 248 pages
The World Health Report 2002 measures the amount of disease, disability, and health in the world today that can be attributed to some of the most important risks to human health. Even more importantly, it also calculates how much of this present burden could be avoided in the next 10 years.
The World Health Report 2002 represents one of the largest research projects ever undertaken by WHO, in collaboration with experts worldwide. Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, Director-General of WHO, describes this report as a wake up call to the global community.
The report quantifies some of the most important risks to human health and examines a range of methods to reduce them. The ultimate goal is to help governments of all countries to lower major risks to health, and thereby raise the healthy life expectancy of their populations.
The risk factors range from underweight, unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene to high blood pressure, raised cholesterol, and obesity.
The report's findings give an intriguing - and alarming - insight into not just the current causes of disease and death and the factors underlying them, but also into human patterns of living and how some may be changing around the world while others remain dangerously unchanged.
Dr Brundtland says: This report helps every country in the world to see what measures it can take to reduce risks and promote healthy life for its own population.
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LIST OF MEMBER STATES BY WHO REGION AND MORTALITY STRATUM 233
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 236 INDEX 239 TABLES Table 4 . 1 Population impact
fractions by subregion for counterfactual scenario of population moving from ...
To enhance comparability across risk factors , the basis for the results in Chapter
4 is the theoretical minimum risk distribution , that is exposure levels that would
yield the lowest population risk ( for example , no tobacco use by any members of
170 STATISTICAL ANNEX EXPLANATORY NOTES The tables in this technical
annex present updated information on the burden of disease , summary
measures of population health and national health accounts for WHO Member
States and ...
191 Member States have been divided into five mortality strata on the basis of
their level of child and adult male mortality . ... These subregions are defined in
the List of Member States by WHO Region and mortality stratum and used in
19 , 20 The WHO Household Survey Study21 carried out 69 representative
household surveys in 60 Member States in 2000 and 2001 using a new health
status instrument based on the International Classification of Functioning ,