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Document ID (ISN)112376
CIS number 12-0057
ISBN(s) 978-92-4-156387-1
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Title Global health risks - Mortality and burden attributable to selected major risks
Bibliographic information World Health Organization, Distribution and Sales Service,1211 Genève 27, Switzerland, 2009, vi, 62p. Illus. 102 ref.
Internet access Global_health_risks_[INTERNET_FREE_ACCESS] [in English]
Abstract This report uses a comprehensive framework for studying health risks that was developed for the World Health Report 2002, which presented estimates for the year 2000. The report provides an update for the year 2004 for 24 global risk factors. It uses updated information from WHO programmes and scientific studies for both exposure data and the causal associations of risk exposure to disease and injury outcomes. The burden of disease attributable to risk factors is measured in terms of lost years of healthy life using the metric of the disability-adjusted life year (DALY). The DALY combines years of life lost due to premature death with years of healthy life lost due to illness and disability. Health risks are in transition: populations are ageing owing to successes against infectious diseases; at the same time, patterns of physical activity and food, alcohol and tobacco consumption are changing. Low- and middle-income countries now face a double burden of increasing chronic, non-communicable conditions, as well as the communicable diseases that traditionally affect the poor.
Descriptors (primary) WHO; health hazards; risk factors; frequency rates
Descriptors (secondary) morbidity; mortality; report
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceWHO
Subject(s) Generalities
Broad subject area(s) General safety, health and conditions of work
Browse category(ies) Safety and health information