World Health Report
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|World Health Report|
|Language||English and multiple|
|Publisher||World Health Organization (Switzerland)|
|Publication history||Since 1995|
|Frequency||Every two years|
The World Health Report is a series of reports produced regularly by the World Health Organization (WHO). First published in 1995, the World Health Report is WHO's leading publication. Published annually or biennially in multiple languages, each report includes an expert assessment of a specific global health topic, relating to all countries that are Member States of the organization.
The main purpose of the report is to provide policymakers, donor agencies, international organizations and others with the information they need to help them make appropriate health policy and funding decisions. However, the report is also accessible to a wider audience, such as universities, journalists and the public at large. It is expected that anyone, with a professional or personal interest in international health issues, will be able to read and take use of it.
List of themes by year
Each World Health Report addresses a different theme. The following is a list of reports and themes.
2012: Better Research for Better Health
The theme for the World Health Report 2012 is Better Research for Better Health. The report is expected to advocate for the better research and better use of research - including medical research and health services research - in informing health policies and improving population health outcomes, notably to help more countries meet the health-related Millennium Development Goals.
To support the development of the report, the WHO issued a call for papers in collaboration with the Public Library of Science (PLoS) open-access publisher on topics related to strengthening of key functions and components of national health research systems, especially from low- and middle-income countries.
2010: Health Systems Financing
The World Health Report 2010 focuses on the topic of universal health care coverage, and how countries can modify their financing systems to move towards this goal. The report provides an action agenda for countries at all stages of development, and proposes ways that the international community can better support efforts in low-income countries to achieve universal coverage and improve population health outcomes.
2008: Primary health care
2007: Global public health security
The main concern of the World Health Report 2007 was how the world is at increasing risk of disease outbreaks, epidemics, industrial accidents, natural disasters and other health emergencies which can rapidly become threats to global public health security. The report described how the new International Health Regulations help countries to work together to identify risks and act to contain and control them.
2006: Working together for health
The World Health Report 2006 highlighted the estimated shortage of almost 4.3 million doctors, nurses, midwives, and other health human resources worldwide, calling the situation a "global health workforce crisis". The report laid out a ten-year action plan for building national health workforces through better training, recruitment and management processes.
2005: Make every mother and child count
The World Health Report 2005 focused on the fact that almost 11 million children under five years of age die annually from causes that are largely preventable, and another half a million women die in pregnancy, childbirth or soon after. The report said that reducing this toll in line with the Millennium Development Goals would depend largely on every mother and every child having the right to access to health care from pregnancy through childbirth, the neonatal period and childhood.
2004: Changing history
2003: Shaping the future
The World health report 2003 examined the global health situation and some of the major threats to health. The report advocated that major improvements in health for all were within reach, and that progress depended on collaboration among governments, international institutions, the private sector and civil society to build stronger health systems.
2002: Reducing risks, promoting healthy life
The World health report 2002 described the amount of disease, disability and death in the world that could be attributed to a selected number of the most important risks to human health. It projected how much this burden could lowered in the next 20 years if the same risk factors were reduced.
2001: Mental health
The largely neglected area of mental health was the core focus of the World health report 2001.
2000: Health systems: improving performance
The World Health Report 2000 introduced a conceptual framework and measurement approach to examine and compare aspects of health systems around the world, and better understand the complex factors that explain how health systems perform. The report provided an assessment of the performance of national health systems for all countries.
Other publications of the World Health Organization:
- Bulletin of the World Health Organization
- Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal
- Human Resources for Health
- Pan American Journal of Public Health
- ^ World Health Organization: Publications
- ^ World Health Organization: World Health Report 2012 - available on http://www.who.int/rpc/whr2012/en/index.html, accessed 16 March 2011.
- ^ PLoS Collections: World Health Report 2012
- ^ World Health Organization: The world health report 2010 - Health systems financing: the path to universal coverage
- ^ World Health Organization: The World Health Report 2008 - Primary Health Care (Now More Than Ever)
- ^ World Health Organization: The world health report 2007 - A safer future: global public health security in the 21st century
- ^ World Health Organization: The World Health Report 2006 - working together for health
- ^ World Health Organization: The World Health Report 2005 - make every mother and child count
- ^ World Health Organization: The world health report 2004 - changing history
- ^ World Health Organization: The world health report 2000 - Health systems: improving performance."