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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4 million deaths in 2000 , including about 1 . 8 million in Africa and 1 . 2 million in
countries in Asia . It was a contributing factor in 60 % of all child deaths in
developing countries . In other words , the report says , deaths from underweight
Even choosing or framing the end - point as death is surprisingly complex and
can make large differences in the way risk ... From a national perspective , and
given the need to produce coal , deaths of miners per million tons of coal
7 million deaths in 2000 . This accounted for about 1 in 15 deaths globally . About
1 . 8 million deaths occurred in Africa , 1 . 2 million in SEAR - D and 0 . 5 million
in EMR - D , accounting for 10 – 20 % of deaths in these regions . The disease ...
Exposure to ETS has been associated with lower respiratory infections , sudden
infant death syndrome , asthma ... In the United States , for example , several
thousand lung cancer deaths are associated with ETS exposure each year .
There is ...
Many such deaths occur in young adults , with significant loss of life , so the
proportion of disease burden meas - ured in ... Over 90 % of these deaths occur
in the middle and low income countries , where death rates ( 21 and 24 deaths