Promotion of sustainable rural health in the European region : report on a WHO meeting, Bilthoven, Netherlands 5 April 2000
AbstractUrban health has attracted much attention, and several WHO programmes have been developed to address this issue over the last decade. Problems related to rural health, however, have been largely neglected, and there is a widening gap in health status and socioeconomic conditions between rural and urban populations in the WHO European Region. Experts from different parts of the Region met to establish a basis for a WHO programme to promote sustainable rural health. The main issues are: insufficient access to primary health care, lack of health care facilities, unemployment, poor housing conditions, limited or no access to safe drinking-water, use of obsolete pesticides in certain areas and an increasing demand on rural land for waste disposal. The participants strongly supported a WHO programme to reduce the health gap between urban and rural areas. They recommended that a network of professionals working in rural health be established to facilitate the development, planning and implementation of the programme, that the programme start by assessing the rural health situation throughout the European Region, that it be linked to other initiatives in the field and that WHO actively seek the involvement of all professions and sectors dealing with rural health
World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe. (2000). Promotion of sustainable rural health in the European region : report on a WHO meeting, Bilthoven, Netherlands 5 April 2000. Copenhagen : WHO Regional Office for Europe. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/108338
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