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Whole government approach is needed to improve health across Europe, says WHO

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d5913 (Published 16 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5913
  1. Paul Dinsdale
  1. 1Baku

A major shift in the way public health is managed across Europe will be needed in future if all countries are to achieve the best health standards for their citizens, says the World Health Organization.

Launching its draft health policy for the next 10 years, Health 2020, the WHO’s regional director for Europe, Zsuzsanna Jacob, said that more “horizontal, inclusive approaches” to health governance were needed, involving all sectors of society and people themselves.

“This necessitates a ‘whole of government’ approach towards health and wellbeing, which is at the heart of Health 2020,” said Ms Jacob. In its strategy document, WHO says that health across the European region is improving, but not by enough, and that, considering the burden of non-communicable diseases and communicable disease, governments could “do better” with what they …

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