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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EMERGING IMPORTANCE OF RISK PERCEPTIONS By the early 1990s ,
particularly in North America and Europe , it became apparent that relying mainly
on the scientific approaches to risk assessment and management was not always
RISK PERCEPTIONS The assumption made in this report is that risk factors , risk
probabilities and adverse events can be defined and measured . This is a valid
starting point for the quantification of the adverse effects of a range of risk factors
2 Men ' s sexual behaviour related to risk of HIV infection and pregnancy A
greater understanding of men ' s perceptions of sexual risk and their risk - taking
behaviour is necessary if interventions are to be more successful in improving the
For instance , risk perceptions and their importance can vary between developing
and developed countries , as well as with such variables as sex , age , household
income , faith and cultural groups , urban and rural areas , and geographical ...
advocacy groups aim to influence risk perceptions and are , therefore , often well
organized to " help " the media in such complex areas as alcohol and tobacco
use . A checklist of questions to use as a guide to the media understanding of risk