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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3 The importance of population distributions of exposure Figure 2 . 4 Attributable
and avoidable burdens Figure 2 . 5 Key inputs for assessment of attributable and
avoidable burdens Figure 2 . 6 Determination of attributable burden , taking ...
Because the range of risks to health is almost limitless , it is essential for
governments to have a quantitative approach to gauging their importance . Risks
need to be defined and studied comprehensively irrespective of factors such as
Deaths are commonly seen as one of the most important consequences .
Attempts were also made to reduce any uncertainties in making the scientific
estimates ( 2 ) . An important consequence of this change was that individual
people were ...
Important parameters in indoor environ - ments include the thermal climate ,
noise and light , and exposure to a large number of chemi - cal , physical and
biological pollutants and risk fac - tors . While these parameters are also affected
This knowledge is important but it is only the first step required to decide how
best to improve population health with the available resources . The second step
involves assessing what types of intervention are available to decrease exposure