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.
... risks in developing countries Importance of risk communications 30 31 32 34 35 36 Influence of special interest groups on risk perceptions Importance of.
... highly uncertain risks Ethical considerations in risk prevention Risk communications and the role of governments Strengthening the scientific evidence ...
... on developing better risk communications 154 Box 6.3 Examples of successful international concerted action 157 75 79 MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR - GENERAL ...
This report also explains the importance of communicating risks clearly and openly to the public , and of creating an atmosphere of trust and shared ...
They will have to improve public dialogue and communications , and develop greater levels of trust for risk prevention among all interested parties .