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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IMPORTANCE OF RISK COMMUNICATIONS As previously discussed in this
chapter , risks and risk factors can be defined ... How risks and risk factors are
defined therefore needs to be determined by the purpose of the risk
population and target audiences ; sources and presentation of information ; the
distribution and flow of communications ; and mechanisms for dialogue and
conflict resolution . Risk communication has come to mean much more than the
Finally , there are important lessons for achieving success in risk communications
that should be more widely disseminated ... a range of intersectoral actions by
different agencies and opportunities for open communication and dialogue ( 11 )
RISK COMMUNICATIONS AND THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENTS The public ,
particularly poor people , believe that their ... Some important lessons have been
learned on the role of dialogue in risk communication between the public and ...
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