World Health Report 1995 (The)
Bridging the Gaps
Official Publication
World Health Organization
ISBN-13    9789241561785 ISBN-10    9241561785
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English     1995        120   pages
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The World Health Report 1995: Bridging the Gaps documents the attributed causes of ill-health and death for each age group throughout the human life span, around the globe. Analytical as well as descriptive in its approach, the report also explores the root causes of health problems and what can be done to solve them. Issues covered range from the causes of infant mortality to the health impact of global climate change, from the importance of poverty and lack of knowledge to the projected toll of the AIDS pandemic.
While progress is evident for some diseases in some countries, others show trends that are deeply disturbing. As the report reveals, today's global health situation is characterized by ominously widening gaps between rich and poor, between one population and another, and between age groups. Knowledge and technologies continue to advance, but fairness is lost when their benefits are distributed. Though many countries have already reached the health targets set by WHO for the year 2000, in some parts of the world, life expectancy is actually decreasing and populations lack access to even the most basic health care.
For virtually all the major diseases that kill children or cut short the lives of adults, the picture that emerges is one of immense suffering easily prevented or treated by technologies that already exist and cost surprisingly little to implement. As the report makes abundantly clear, the gaps that need to be bridged include the discrepancy between knowing exactly what should be done and finding the will and resources to do it. Facts and figures gathered in the report also underscore the fundamental importance of health to socioeconomic development: when the poor are made more healthy, they can earn more and become less poor.
By ranking the major causes of death and ill-health, and showing how they can be prevented, The World Health Report 1995: Bridging the Gaps provides a solid foundation for priority setting and action - and challenges the world conscience to face the difficult ethical issues raised by so much preventable suffering
"... a useful reference work... provides a concise but comprehensive, well-written survey of world population health problems, together with graphs, statistical tables and index..."
- The Lancet
"... a welcome report ... clearly written and beautifully produced ... provides a wealth of useful information..."
- Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene