Annual report 2002: division of communicable disease control
AbstractCommunicable diseases are responsible for the deaths of an estimated 1.3 million people in the Eastern Mediterranean Region every year. Most of these deaths could have been prevented with proper utilization of the available cost effective prevention and control measures. Unfortunately, this is not the case, and millions still die of communicable diseases every year. To address this situation, the Regional Office has promoted the concept of integrated disease control, in which better use of available resources and wider coverage of intervention techniques will lead to improve health for the people of the Region. The Annual Report 2002 of the Division of Communicable Disease Control is a transparent look at the difficulties we must overcome and the challenges we face in doing so. It is a pragmatic analysis of the magnitude of the problems we are attempting to resolve and the complexities inherent in implementing a new approach in an ever-changing environment.The DCD Annual Report 2001 focuses on the situation of communicable diseases in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. It looks extensively at the disease burden in general and specific diseases in particular. it discusses general prevention and control measures, with examples of successes and pitfalls. Finally, it proposed a new approach, the 'integrated approach', to scale up control activities and develop an essential package of services that can be delivered at the periphery under whatever conditions
World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean. (2003). Annual report 2002: division of communicable disease control. World Health Organization. Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/201121
Gov't Doc #WHO-EM/DCD/003/E/G
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