HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Does Europe Need The WHO?

(Does the WHO have a role in Europe? There is more to "Europe" than you might think)

In 1988 the future role of the WHO in Europe was in doubt. It was inconceivable that it would have to provide emergency relief programmes in war zones in Europe, malaria had long been eradicated and non-communicable diseases were viewed as a matter for individual countries. Ten years later, says Martin McKee from the European Centre on Health of Societies in Transition, although the geography remains the same, the role for the WHO has completely altered.

The author notes in this week's BMJ that many people do not realise that the European region of WHO includes the entire former Soviet Union, with member states such as Tajikistan, on the Afghan border and Turkmenistan, bordering Iran. As well as continuing to support war torn countries, the WHO has a huge amount of work to do to help countries address discrepancies in life expectancy between the regions (a 15 year old Icelandic boy can expect to live another 63 years whereas his Russian counterpart is only likely to have another 44 years). The WHO can also become a source of tried and tested knowledge for countries as they reform their healthcare systems and provide a useful framework for implementing change.

Finally the historical role of WHO as guardian of international public health should not be forgotten as diseases such as diphtheria and malaria have reappeared in areas from which they had been virtually eliminated, whilst cases of tuberculosis, AIDS and syphilis are increasing dramatically in the former Soviet Union.

Contact:

Professor Martin McKee, Professor of European Public Health, European Centre on Health of Societies in Transition (ECOHOST), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London m.mckee@lshtm.ac.uk For further information on ECOHOST: http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/other/ecoh
'"/>


Contact: Jill Shepherd
jshepher@bma.org.uk
+44 171 383 6529
BMJ-British Medical Journal
8-May-1998


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. ESC releases the first European Guidelines on Percutaneous Coronary Interventions (PCI)
2. The European Society of Cardiology launches Women at Heart
3. Use of potentially inappropriate medications among elderly common in some European countries
4. European folic acid policies are not effective enough
5. New European cancer figures for 2004 major efforts needed against the big four killers
6. Over prescribing causing high rates of antibiotic resistance in south and east Europe
7. Third of European cancer patients use complementary and alternative therapies
8. A new service from the European Patent Office
9. Radon in the home responsible for 9% of lung cancer deaths across Europe
10. European study highlights persistent 3 decade increase in childhood cancer incidence
11. Satellite view highlights Europes changing landscape

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Does Europe Need The WHO

(Date:8/1/2014)... Cannabis use among young people has spiked, with 29.3 ... marijuana at least once and 17 percent admitting to regular ... Say ‘Yes to Life,’ volunteers from the Church of Scientology ... factual information about drugs, to help reverse this alarming trend. ... Drugs, Say ‘Yes’ to Life,” volunteers have distributed 40,000 copies ...
(Date:8/1/2014)... brain plays a central role in regulating appetite and ... in the brain,s control of food intake and body ... process has been unclear. A new study ... that PPARγ activity in a type of neuron known ... response to high-fat diet. Sabrina Diano and colleagues ...
(Date:8/1/2014)... -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on ... help fight type 2 diabetes. Jardiance (empagliflozin) ... regimens to control blood sugar levels in the overall ... Office of Drug Evaluation II in the FDA,s Center ... statement. The FDA also recommended that Jardiance be ...
(Date:8/1/2014)... 01, 2014 Summer is here, and with ... during the summer, and they can be a pain for ... to help all their customers get rid of ticks and ... 6,000 eggs in the summer, which is why they are ... tall grass and woodland areas and carry a number of ...
(Date:8/1/2014)... benefits of a cancer diagnosis may improve health outcomes ... conducted by a researcher at the University of Houston ... writing intervention is the writing instruction. Otherwise, writing is ... a journal can be therapeutic, but oftentimes we don,t ... or not," said Qian Lu, assistant professor and director ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Addressing a Serious Issue Affecting German Teens 2Health News:FDA Approves New Type 2 Diabetes Drug 2Health News:Tis the Season for Tick Prevention 2Health News:Expressive writing may help breast cancer survivors 2Health News:Expressive writing may help breast cancer survivors 3
(Date:7/31/2014)... SARASOTA, Fla. , July 31, 2014 ... announced today that it has initiated the development of ... ; and that it has selected Quotient Clinical, ... United Kingdom (UK) to run its early ... a Clinical Trial Application (CTA) by the end of ...
(Date:7/31/2014)... Mass. , July 31, 2014  Decision Resources ... technology market intelligence product Marketrack to now include ChinaTrack; ... device landscape in an interactive dashboard providing detailed ... procedure volumes at a hospital level. Other ... , Updated data feed: In addition to end-user surveys ...
(Date:7/31/2014)... VALLEJO, Calif. , July 31, 2014 ... announce it has been selected as the recipient of ... Foundation, which will allow the University to increase research ... is about creating state-of-the-art technology for the study of ... that enhance the diverse needs and interests of our ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals Provides Update of its European Drug Development Regulatory Strategy and selects Quotient Clinical for its early development programs 2Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals Provides Update of its European Drug Development Regulatory Strategy and selects Quotient Clinical for its early development programs 3Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals Provides Update of its European Drug Development Regulatory Strategy and selects Quotient Clinical for its early development programs 4Decision Resources Group Announces First Medical Device Account Targeting Tool in China 2Touro University California Garners Grant From Long Foundation 2
Cached News: