Every three years the World Health Organisation (WHO) publishes its report on European Health. This year its report has a special focus on well-being.
"The European Health Report 2012: Charting the Way to Well-Being", released by the WHO Regional Office for Europe on March 13, reveals some bitter-sweet data: even if there have been important health improvements in the European Region, the inequities across and within the countries are persistent. According to the WHO Regional Director for Europe, Zsuzsanna Jakab, these inequalities are, in some cases, worsening and they must be a “priority for Europe to be addressed collectively”.
This report, which covers the Region’s 53 countries and almost 900 million people, identifies the health trends, priorities and areas for disease prevention, anticipating the challenges Europe will be facing in the future. It also focuses on well-being, a key part of Health 2020, the European health strategy adopted by the 53 European States in September 2012: well-being and health are interactive and multidimensional concepts, the report highlights, and WHO/Europe aims to develop a regional target and indicators on it by the end of 2013.
Some highlights from the report
The European Region has an advantage in having nine out of the ten countries with the highest life expectancy, but the WHO has warned that all these gains could be threatened if economic or social crises are coupled with reductions in spending on health and other services.
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