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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In addition , people compare health risks with any associated benefits and they
are also aware of a wide array of other relevant risks . In fact , it has been argued
that concepts of risk are actually embedded within societies and their cultures ...
In addition , many international nongovernmental organizations do play a major
role in gathering evidence , disseminating information and advocating risk control
policies in such areas as child labour , dangerous chemicals and the dumping ...
In addition to the laboratory tests required to assess the initial level of risk ,
annual laboratory tests for renal function and lipid profiles are required in all
regions with the addition of hepatic function and blood sugar tests in A
In addition , governments would be well advised to consider taking steps to
reduce the salt content of processed foods on a population - wide basis , either
through legislation or through self - regulation . Both approaches would require ...
In addition , the science of risk assessment developed mainly in North America
and later in Europe , while to date there has been little application of this science
in middle and low income countries . Research studies are needed to see if the ...