The Health of the People

The Health of the People

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This publication is the first to focus on the health of the 738 million people living in the 46 countries of the WHO African Region. Drawing on a comprehensive range of the latest regional health statistics, the report discusses the key public health and development challenges facing the continent, as well looking in more detail at the issues of maternal and child health; infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria; health problems that are usually associated with developed countries, such as diabetes and hypertension, and other noncommunicable conditions such as mental illness and injuries; and the environmental causes of ill-health including pollution and armed conflict. The report explores the treatment, diagnostic and preventive methods that work in Africa and highlights the public health success stories that can serve as models for others in the continent. It finds that stronger health systems are the key to solving Africa's health problems and these can only achieved by strengthening governments' stewardship role in health, building on the lessons learnt from successful health-care interventions, and through closer collaboration between all partners.One example of an environmentally friendly solution to waterssupply problems, and of the kind of creative thinking that holds ... For example, public health workers in Malawi are controlling snail populations that carry schistosome parasites in rivers ... a€œHowever, I do believe that once prevalence has been reduced there will be a great need for environmental control to get rid of the disease, a€ Madsen said.

Title:The Health of the People
Author: World Health Organization. Regional Office for Africa
Publisher:World Health Organization - 2006-01-01

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