The health of Europe: summary of the second health for all evaluation
ResumoSummarizes the main findings of a large-scale evaluation, conducted in 1990-1991, of the health situation in European countries. The evaluation, conducted on the eve of dramatic political changes in central and eastern Europe, revealed wide variations in health status and the quality of health care. Particular attention is given to the extent to which 38 precise health targets, formulated and agreed upon in 1984, have been met. The report notes several areas of general improvement, including increased life expectancy, progress in the elimination of some infectious diseases, reduced mortality from several chronic diseases, a fall in infant and maternal mortality rates, a reduced incidence of Down's syndrome, thalassaemia, and other severe congenital disorders, and several encouraging signs that non-smoking is becoming the social norm in certain countries. Enduring problems identified include AIDS, alcohol and drug abuse, the chemical pollution of water supplies, poor urban air quality, growing poverty and unemployment, widespread obesity, and outbreaks of foodborne disease. The report concludes with a call for renewed efforts to meet the 38 time-limited targets, particularly in view of the great challenge posed by health needs in central and eastern Europe.
World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe. (1993). The health of Europe: summary of the second health for all evaluation. World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/260519
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